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Noise exposure monitoring conducted at a number of law enforcement outdoor and indoor firing ranges show that the majority of noise exposure levels during weapons qualifications exceed Oregon OSHA's hearing conservation "action level" of 85 dBA. This letter of agreement relies on this historical monitoring to relieve the law enforcement employer of having to perform noise testing for every employee and firearm. However, other hearing conservation program elements still need to be in place.
If you have questions about Oregon OSHA requirements for a hearing conservation program, contact our technical section at 503-378-3272 and ask for Kathleen Kincade or Dave McLaughlin.
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