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• Standard Number: 1904.2
• Status: Archived

Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.

February 6, 1991

Mr. James D. Banach President
National Hearing Conservation Association
Suite 200
900 Des Moines Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Dear Mr. Banach:

Thank you for your letter of December 14, 1990, regarding the recording of hearing loss on OSHA Form 200.

Your letter stated that you believe the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) should issue a clearly-defined criterion for recording occupational hearing loss at the earliest possible time. Your contacts with various OSHA Regional Offices have resulted in differing responses concerning enforcement of the level at which hearing loss must be recorded. You recently became aware that OSHA issued a draft document on March 23, 1990, that provided guidelines for enforcing the recording of occupational hearing loss on OSHA Form 200. You related that you have some concerns about specific items in the draft document. You also commented that it would be useful to employers and hearing conservation professionals alike if consistency in enforcement policy could be established.

We agree that a clearly defined criterion for recording occupational hearing loss is needed and that consistency in enforcement policy is essential. We are preparing a final field directive that will serve these purposes. We will take your comments into consideration during this process. As soon as the directive is finalized, we will provide you with a copy.

We appreciate your comments on this important issue.

Sincerely,



Gerard F. Scannell
Assistant Secretary


Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.


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