Hearing loss prevention program (HLPP) management
|Publication Date:||1 January 2016|
This Standard specifies requirements for the management of hearing loss prevention programs (HLPPs) designed to protect individuals from occupational hearing loss.
Following principles set out in CAN/CSA-Z1000, this Standard specifies requirements for
a) management commitment, leadership, and participation;
b) assignment of roles and responsibilities;
c) identification and quantification of noise hazards;
d) selection and application of controls;
e) provision of protection (e.g., hearing protection devices);
f) training, monitoring, and measurement (e.g., noise exposure and audiometric testing);
g) documentation; and
h) continuous improvement and management review.
Subjects not addressed
The following subjects are not addressed in this Standard:
a) psychological effects of exposure to noise;
b) non-auditory effects of noise exposure; and
c) non-industrial noise exposure except as it impacts industrial noise exposure.
Relation to other Standards
This Standard is part of CSA Group's Z1000 series of Standards on management of occupational health and safety. (See Figure 3.) As such, it is based on the OHS management principles in CAN/CSA-Z1000.
This Standard is intended to be used with related occupational or technical standards, and referenced by other Standards as the primary set of requirements for management of HLPPs.
Note: This Standard reflects practices in hearing loss prevention that are current at the time of publication, and is based on more recent information than some older regulations. As a result, in some subject areas, this Standard is more stringent than current provincially legislated regulations.
This Standard complements other CSA Group hearing loss prevention Standards, as follows:
a) Z94.2 for hearing protection;
b) Z107.56 for measurement of occupational noise exposure;
c) Z107.6 for audiometric testing for use in hearing loss prevention programs; and
d) Z107.58 for noise emission declarations for machinery. Once an effective management process is established for the HLPP, these other Standards will provide the information needed to detail the program's requirements.
This Standard is designed for use in Canadian workplaces. The principles established in this Standard are based on internationally recognized practices.
Hearing loss prevention legislation differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in Canada. It is the users' responsibility to determine how applicable legislative requirements relate to this Standard.
In this Standard, "shall" is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy to comply with the standard; "should" is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and "may" is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard.
Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate explanatory or informative material.
Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.
Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.