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Department of Labor (DOL) RIN: 1218-AB89
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Title: Hearing Conservation Program for Construction Workers

Abstract: OSHA issued a section 6(b)(5) health standard mandating a comprehensive hearing conservation program for noise-exposed workers in general industry in 1983. However, no rule was promulgated to cover workers in the construction industry. A number of recent studies have shown that many construction workers experience work-related hearing loss. In addition, the use of engineering, administrative, and personal protective equipment to reduce exposures to noise is not extensive in this industry. OSHA published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking 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. Work continues on collecting and analyzing information to determine technological and economic feasibility of possible approaches.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL) Priority: Economically Significant

RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions

Major: Undetermined Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1926.52

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

Legal Deadline: None

Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM 08/05/2002 67 FR 50610
ANPRM Comment Period End 11/04/2002  
Stakeholder Meetings 03/24/2004  
Additional Stakeholder Meeting 07/21/2004  
Next Action Undetermined To Be Determined  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Federalism: No  

Energy Effects: No Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

Initial (Administrative Startup and /or Capital) Cost: $0 Yearly (Annual Operating) Cost: $0

Agency Contact: Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N3718,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1950
FAX: 202 693-1678

Unified Agenda - Table of Contents

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