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PDFWAC 296-307-63825

Make sure third-party hearing loss prevention programs meet the following requirements.

Third-party hearing loss prevention programs are intended:
1. For short-term employees hired or assigned to duties having noise exposures for less than one year;
2. For seasonal employees.
However, other employees may be included as long as the employer meets all requirements for hearing loss follow-ups and recordkeeping.
(1) The employer must make sure that the third-party program is:
(a) Equivalent to an employer program as required by this part;
(b) Uses audiometric testing to evaluate hearing loss.
(2) The employer must make sure a licensed or certified audiologist, otolaryngologist, or other qualified physician administers the third-party program.
(3) The employer must make sure the third-party program has written procedures for:
(a) Communicating with participating employers of program requirements;
(b) Follow-up procedures for detected hearing loss;
(c) Annual review of participating employer programs.
(4) The employer must make sure the following program elements are corrected by the employer or the third-party program when deficiencies are found:
(a) Noise exposures;
(b) Hearing protection;
(c) Employee training;
(d) Noise controls.
(5) The employer must obtain a review of the hearing loss prevention program at least once per year, conducted by the third-party program administrator or their representative, in order to:
(a) Identify any tasks needing a revised selection of hearing protection;
(b) Provide an overall assessment of the employers' hearing loss prevention activities.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, and 49.17.060. WSR 20-21-091, § 296-307-63825, filed 10/20/20, effective 11/20/20; WSR 05-01-166, § 296-307-63825, filed 12/21/04, effective 4/2/05.]
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