Monday, June 01, 2009

FMA (Noise Exposure) Regulation 1989 - how to comply?

In order to comply with FMA (Noise Exposure)Regulation 1989, all workplaces with noise hazards (PEL equal or more than 90 dB(A)) must have Hearing Conservation Program (HCP). 
HCP is very important because Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is a permanent injury and has no remedy, prevention is the only solution. HCP is an effective means of primary prevention which is one of the main functions of occupational health services(OHS).
HCP as the primary prevention activity has the following components :
1. Auditable written policy with financial commitment and must be signed by top management
2. Comprehensive noise exposure assessments
3. Noise control measures following the hierarchy of controls
4. Workers' education and training
5. Audiometric testing program
6. Medical Evaluation & Treatment
7. Provision, training and utlilization of Hearing Protective Devices (HPD)
8. Good records keeping

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