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Noise

All BCCF employees who may be exposed to a work area in which noise levels exceed the following Regulation exposure levels will be informed of this hazard by BCCF and be required to wear hearing protection devices (HPD):

  • Daily Noise Exposure Level (over 8 hour shift) – 85dBA
  • Peak Sound Level (impact noise) – 140dBC

For a list of general noise levels reported by WSBC that BCCF staff may encounter on a regular basis work, refer to the applicable SWP located in Part 2. BCCF will measure the noise exposure level in accordance with CSA Standard Z107.56-94 at any workplace where workers may be exposed to the above potentially harmful levels of noise as per the Regulation 7.3. BCCF is exempt from undertaking a noise exposure measurement program if the noise exposure level can be determined by one of the following means:

  • Peak noise level of 140dBC is regularly exceeded,
  • Labels depicting noise level are indicated on tools or equipment, and/or
  • Consultation with a database or extrapolation from a database regarding worker noise exposure limits and level relating to the activity or trade/occupation class.

BCCF will develop and implement an effective noise control and hearing conservation program for employees that may be exposed to harmful noise levels that includes:

  • Noise measurement, unless exemption applies
  • Education and training
  • Engineered noise control
  • Hearing protection
  • Posted noise hazards in workplace
  • Hearing tests
  • Annual program review

Education and training, engineered noise control, and hearing protection will be discussed and completed through worker orientation and job safety analysis. Employees that may be exposed to worksite noise exceeding the above limits will have their hearing tested prior to or within six months of employment. Employees exposed to worksite noise levels above those specified in

  1. of the Regulation will receive at least one hearing test every 12 months. Each employee required to have a hearing test will be able to produce his/her current hearing test card upon request. Hearing tests will be conducted by a person authorized by the Board. Results will be documented and records maintained within the employee file.

Hearing protection devices (HPDs) will be selected according to employee noise exposure levels and provided by BCCF. Refer to the applicable SWP in Part 2 of this OHSP for more information on selecting proper HPDs. It is the responsibility of the employee to use, wear, and maintain the HPDs in accordance with the manufacturer’s specified standards. In fixed workplace locations where noise levels exceed 85dBA the supervisor or Safety Coordinator will post noise warning signs.  CSA Standard Z94.2.02 explains the care, use and selection criteria for HPDs. HPD selection should be comprehensive and include criteria outside of noise exposure levels. Selection should also consider:

  • Extremes in temperature or climate where employee is working
  • Existing hearing impairment of worker
  • Need for worker to communicate on the job
  • Use of other PPE such as hard hats, googles, safety glasses, eye glasses or masks
  • Physical constraints of work activity