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2140. HEARING LOSS PREVENTION IN CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

Priority: Economically Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 40 USC 333

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1926.52

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: OSHA issued a Sec. 6(b)(5) health standard mandating a comprehensive hearing conservation program for noise exposed workers in general industry in 1983. However, a number of recent studies have shown that a large number of construction workers experience work- related hearing loss. In addition, current industry practice with regard to the use of engineering, administrative and personal protective equipment to reduce exposures to noise is low in this industry. OSHA intends to issue an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in December, 1999, and to initiate stakeholder meetings later in the year, to gather information on the extent of noise-induced hearing loss among workers in different trades in this industry, current practices to reduce this loss, and additional approaches and protections that could be used to prevent such loss in the future.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite

ANPRM 12/00/99 
ANPRM Comment Period End02/00/00 

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Marthe B. Kent, Acting Director, Directorate of Health Standards Programs, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N3605, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2222
Fax: 202 693-1678

RIN: 1218-AB89


DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)Proposed Rule Stage
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

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