To establish a guiding procedure to manage a hearing conservation and noise control program at River East Transcona School Division (RETSD) that meets or exceeds all municipal, federal and provincial legislated workplace safety and health program requirements.
A hearing conservation and noise control program must be defined and documented for compliance as part of Element 2, identify and control hazards and emergencies, for the effective development and implementation of a workplace safety and health program under Manitoba legislation.
This safe operating procedure and associated documents establish a procedure for a hearing conservation and noise control program for all workers at RETSD. The best practices apply to all RETSD worksites.
This safe operating procedure shall be implemented and applies to all RETSD facilities.
This safe operating procedure shall be implemented and applied to all RETSD staff workers.
HEARING CONSERVATION AND NOISE CONTROL DEFINITIONS
Hearing conservation activities focus on preventing and abating the hearing loss of workers. The program consists of:
Audiometric testing of workers in a noise environment where a worker is or is likely exposed to noise in excess of 85 dBA.
Spot noise level meter tests to determine noise levels in work environments.
Provision of hearing protectors and training on the proper use and care of same.
Worker education on the causes and effects of noise induced hearing loss in work environments that exceed 80 dBA.
Noise control activities are intended to reduce noise exposure in the workplace through facility and equipment design.
HEARING CONSERVATION PROGRAM
Target Worker Groups for Annual Hearing Testing
Workers in the following occupations at RETSD are required to participate in annual hearing testing:
Physical Education Teachers
Physical Education Consultants
Maintenance Department Trades and General Workers (Custodians excluded)
Industrial Kitchen Staff Workers
Divisional Print Shop Workers
Transportation Department Mechanics
Hearing conservation testing will be conducted 1 time per year on site by a licensed testing company.
All workers requiring annual testing shall be notified via letter and general memorandum. A copy of the letter will be attached to the employee file.
All new hires in the applicable occupations will be tested within 12 months of continuous employment with RETSD.
Individuals that miss the testing on site are required to get tested at the audiometric service vendor location. See Human Resources for details.
All required information for this program will be posted as per Manitoba legislation (Regulation part 12, Hearing Conservation and Noise Control).
For further information, see Human Resources Department regarding notification letters, memorandums, vendor selection, and scheduling logistics.
NOISE CONTROL PROGRAM
RETSD will take into consideration noise control as part of new facility design and equipment replacement programs.
The last noise survey of the division was conducted in 2012, with associated records in possession of Safety Officer.
A combination of hard-copy postings, distributions and electronic posting will be used to communicate safety and health program information within RETSD.
All stakeholders shall be trained to their required level of involvement in the WSHMS to become familiar with its structure, organization, and how to look up and access information both electronically and in hard copy form through:
Ultimately, the superintendent shall be responsible for the sustainability of the WSHMS, and shall enforce compliance to standards at a divisional level.
Workplace safety and health management system compliance shall be managed through the application of performance management and progressive discipline policies and procedures.
Worker failure to comply with provisions of the RETSD safety program may lead to discipline, up to and including discharge from employment and / or other remedies available at law.