Compliance Guide to MSHA's
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION - HOW TO USE THIS PUBLICATION
What is the purpose of this guide?
How can I find what I need quickly?
If I follow the guidance in this document, will I be in compliance with the requirements of the new noise standards?
What must I do if a miner's exposure equals or exceeds the Action Level?
What is the "Permissible Exposure Level"?
Is there a maximum exposure level?
What must I do if a miner's exposure exceeds the Permissible Exposure Level?
What is the "Dual Hearing Protection Level"?
What must I do if a miner's exposure exceeds the Dual Hearing Protection Level?
What if the feasible engineering and administrative controls do not adequately reduce the noise exposure to miners?
How will MSHA determine if a citation is warranted when evaluating whether I have implemented all feasible controls?
How will MSHA determine if engineering and administrative controls are feasible?
How do I determine a miner's noise dose?
What type of instruments would I use to determine a miner's noise exposure?
How will MSHA evaluate my noise monitoring efforts?
Can miners and their representatives observe my noise monitoring?
Am I required to notify a miner if his or her noise exposure equals or exceeds allowable levels?
How are Personal Hearing Protectors addressed under a HCP?
Do I have to offer audiometric (hearing) testing to miners enrolled in a HCP?
Are there any other requirements related to audiometric testing?
Are audiometric test procedures spelled out in the new noise standard?
Who evaluates audiograms conducted under the provisions of this standard to determine if a hearing loss has occurred?
How soon must I obtain the results of audiograms and what actions must I take?
What must I do if an audiogram cannot be obtained due to a miner having possible medical problems affecting one or more ears?
Table 62-3.--Age Correction Value in Decibels for Males
Table 62-4.--Age Correction Value in Decibels for Females
Am I required to take corrective actions when an audiogram indicates a standard threshold shift? 14
What are my requirements for notifying and reporting the results of audiometric testing to the affected miners?
What are the training requirements for miners enrolled in Hearing Conservation Programs?
What are my recordkeeping requirements under the new noise standard?
Recordkeeping Requirements Table
Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center
Coal Mine Safety and Health
Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
APPENDIX B - GLOSSARY OF TERMS