Compliance Guide to MSHA's
Occupational Noise Exposure Standard


MSHA is in the process of developing several documents to assist you in complying with this rule. These include the following:
  • Engineering and Administrative Control Handbook;
  • Noise Exposure Monitoring Reference Guide;
  • Audiometric Testing Reference Guide;
  • Hearing Protector Noise Reduction Rating Reference Guide;
  • Question and Answer Pamphlet;
  • Compliance Check List.
As these documents are finalized, they will be available on MSHA's web site at:, or through MSHA's Technical Information Center Library at:

National Mine Health and Safety Academy
Department of Instructional Materials
P.O. Box 1166
Beckley, WV 25802-1166
Telephone: 304-256-3257
FAX: 304-256-3368

You may also direct questions and concerns regarding MSHA's noise standards, policy, sampling, and controls to the Coal Health Division or the Metal and Nonmetal Division of Health, your local MSHA District Office, or to MSHA's Office of Technical Support. Addresses and telephone numbers for these offices are listed below and can be found on MSHA's web site.

Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center
Physical and Toxic Agents Division

Cochrans Mill Road,
P.O. Box 18233
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Office: 412-386-6980
Fax: 412-892-6154
Contact: Dennis Giardino

Coal Mine Safety and Health  
Division of Health
4015 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203
Office: 703-235-1358
Fax: 703-235-1517 
Contact: Keith Watson
District 1
The Stegmaier Bldg, #034
7 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Office: 570-826-6321
Fax: 570-826-6207
Contact: Charles Moore
District 2
RR1, Box 736 
Office: 724-925-5150, x.111
Fax: 724-925-6190
Contact: Thomas Todd
District 3
5012 Mountaineer Mall
Morgantown, WV 26501
Office: 304-291-4277
Fax: 304-291-4196
Contact: William Ponceroff
District 4
100 Bluestone Road
Mt. Hope, WV 25880
Office: 304-877-3900, x125
Fax: 304-877-3927
Contact: Ronnie Bowman
District 5
P.O. Box 560
Norton, VA 24273
Office: 540-679 0230
Fax: 540-679-1663
Contact: William Strength
District 6
4159 North Mayo Trail
Pikeville, KY 41501
Office: 606-432-0944
Fax: 606-437-9988
Contact: Jerry Taylor
District 7
HC 66, Box 1762
Barbourville, KY 40906
Office: 606-546-5123
Fax: 606-546-5245
Contact: Randy Kline
District 8
2300 Old Decker Rd, #200
Vincennes, IN 47591
Office: 812-882-7617
Fax: 812-882-7622
Contact: Bryan Sargeant
District 9
P.O. Box 25367
Denver, CO 80225-0367
Office: 303-231-5462, x105
Fax: 303-231-5553
Contact: Bob Cornett
District 10
100 YMCA Drive
Madisonville, KY 42431
Office: 502-821-4180, x 245
Fax: 502-825-0949
Contact: Robert Smith
District 11
135 Gemini Circle, # 213
Birmingham, AL 35209
Office: 205-290-7300, x 128
Fax: 205-290-7389
Contact: Judy McCormick

Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health  
Division of Health
4015 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203
Office: 703-235-8307
Fax: 703-235-9173
Doris Cash
Northeast District
230 Executive Drive, # 2
Cranberry Township, PA 16066-6415
Office: 724-772-2333, 2334, 2335
Fax: 724-772-0260
Joseph M. Denk
Southeast District
135 Gemini Circle, # 212
Birmingham, AL 35209
Office: 205-290-7294, 7297, 7298
Fax: 205-290-7299
Cindy Kinard
North Central District Federal Bldg, U.S. Courthouse
515 W. 1st Street, #333
Duluth, MN 55802-1302
Office: 218-720-5448
Fax: 218-720-5650
George Schorr
South Central District
1100 Commerce Street, Rm. 4C50Contact:
Dallas, TX 75242-0499Contact:
Office: 214-767-8401Contact:
Fax: 214-767-8405Contact:
Steven O. Viles
Rocky Mountain District
P.O. Box 25367, DFC
Denver, CO 80225-0367
Office: 303-231-5465
Fax: 303-231-5468
Ron Renowden
Western District
2060 Peabody Rd., Suite 610
Vacaville, CA 95687
Office: 707-447-9844
Fax: 707-447-9816
Jaime Alvarez

Additionally, information is available on noise-induced hearing loss, hearing conservation, audiometric testing services, and related issues from other governmental agencies, professional associations and academia. Names, mailing addresses, and web site addresses for several of these organizations are listed below. Some of these organization's web sites provide links to other web sites on noise and hearing conservation.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Publications and Technical Information and Assistance

(9:00 - 4:00 daily, EST)
Fax: 513-533-8573

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20210


Mention of the following organizations does not constitute endorsement of them by MSHA or a validation of the information they present.

American Conference of
Governmental Industrial Hygienists

1330 Kemper Meadow Dr.
Suite 600
Cincinnati, OH 45240
Office: 513-742-2020
Fax: 513-742-3355
American Industrial Hygiene Association
2700 Prosperity Avenue
Suite 250
Fairfax, VA 22031
Office: 703-849-8888
Fax: 703-207-3561
American National Standards Institute
11West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Office: 212-642-4900
Fax: 212-398-0023
American Speech-Language-
Hearing Association (ASHA)
10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Office: 1-800-638-8255
Fax: 301-897-7355
Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC)
611 East Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3816
Office: 414-276-5338
Fax: 414-267-3349 sites.html
(for links to related web sites)
National Council of Acoustical Consultants
66 Morris Avenue, #1A
Springfield, NJ 07081-1409
Office: 973-564-5859
Fax: 973-564-7480
National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)
9101 E. Kenyon Ave.
Suite 300
Denver, Co 80237
Office: 303-224-9022
> Fax: 303-770-1812
(home page and links to their listing of professional service organizations)
National Safety Council
1121 Spring Lake Drive
Itasca, IL 60143-3201
Office: 630-285-1121
Fax: 630-285-1315
Oklahoma State University-
Department of Environmental Safety and Health
( this web site is their online safety library of noise and hearing conservation information)
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
(this is their occupational hearing conservation home page which provides links to many other sources of educational materials and information)