OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov.
March 16, 1995
Ms. Monica Verros, R.N., C.O.H.N.
Occupational Health Advisor,
Mail Drop 14A
Post Office Box 515
Dakota City, Nebraska 68731
Dear Ms. Verros:
Thank you for your letter dated February 27, requesting an interpretation regarding the proper recording procedures for cases involving occupational hearing loss. If an audiogram shows a hearing loss that is recordable on the OSHA Form 200, the date entered in Column (b) is the date the employee was tested. If a retest performed within 30 calendar days of the initial test shows the hearing loss is not recordable, the original entry may be lined out. A retest audiogram may not be substituted for an initial audiogram unless it is obtained within thirty calendar days of the date of the initial audiogram. The thirty day retest time was adopted to enable employees to learn about their state of hearing as soon as practicable and is consistent with the requirements found in 29 CFR 1910.95(g)(7)(ii).
I hope you find this information useful. If you have any further questions, please contact us at Area Code (202) 219-6463.
Chief Division of Recordkeeping Requirements