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PDFWAC 296-817-50025

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; and
(2) For seasonal employees.
However, other employees may be included as long as you meet all requirements for hearing loss follow-ups and recordkeeping.
(1) You must make sure that the third-party program is:
(a) Equivalent to an employer program as required by this chapter; and
(b) Uses audiometric testing to evaluate hearing loss.
(2) You must make sure a licensed or certified audiologist, otolaryngologist, or other qualified physician administers the third-party program.
(3) You 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) You must make sure the following program elements are corrected by you or the third-party program when deficiencies are found:
(a) Noise exposures;
(b) Hearing protection;
(c) Employee training;
(d) Noise controls.
(5) You must obtain a review of your 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; and
(b) Provide an overall assessment of the employers' hearing loss prevention activities.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050. WSR 15-23-086, § 296-817-50025, filed 11/17/15, effective 12/18/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, and 49.17.060. WSR 03-11-060, § 296-817-50025, filed 5/19/03, effective 8/1/03.]
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