An effective hearing conservation program can prevent hearing loss, improve employee morale and a general feeling of well-being, increase quality of production, and reduce the incidence of stress-related disease.The employer must administer a continuing, effective hearing conservation program whenever employee noise exposures are at or above an eight hour time-weighted average (TWA) of 85 dBA or, equivalently, a dose of 50 percent. [29 CFR 1910.95(c)(1)] This is referred to as the action level. [29 CFR 1910.95(c)(2)]inimum requirements of a hearing conservation program are included in the following sections:Monitoring ProgramAudiometric Testing ProgramHearing Protection Devices (HPDs)Employee Training and EducationRecordkeeping

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