OSHA Hearing Testing Regulations Quiz
What does “OSHA” stand for?
Office of Sound, Hearing, and Audiology
Organization for a Secure and Healthy America
Operational Safety and Hazard Agency
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA doesn't stand for any nonsense
At or above what average noise exposure level must you test an employee annually?
90 dB if working in an enclosed structure; 93 dB otherwise
What does “STS” stand for?
Suboptimal Test Score
Smythe's Tachyotonesis Syndrome
Standard Threshold Shift
Substandard Test Score
Subversive Testing Scenario
What characterizes an STS?
Change of 10dB in each of the 3K, 4K, and 6K thresholds
Change of 25dB in the speech thresholds of either ear
Average degradation of 10dB or more across the 2K, 3K, and 4K thresholds
Ringing in either ear (tinnitus)
Loss of 10dB or more on average in the 1K, 2K, and 3K thresholds
How many days do you have to notify an employee after an STS?
No notification is required
What STS follow-up does OSHA require for employees wearing hearing protectors?
Provide protectors with a higher attenuation and/or use “dual protection”
Check the fit of current hearing protectors
Refit hearing protectors and retrain the employees in their use and care
Remove employees from noisy areas for 30 days, then retest
Termination with prejudice
What satisfies the OSHA Recordable Shift criteria?
Hearing loss of 25 dB or more in the 3K, 4K, and 6K thresholds of an ear
An STS that has been found to be persistent on a succeeding test not less than 6 months afterward
An STS and average at 2K, 3K, and 4K of at least 25 dB in either ear
Two STSs in the same ear without an intervening improvement in hearing
When the noise level in a worker's environment differs from day shift to night shift
When may you opt not to log a test with an OSHA Recordable Shift?
If the employee is known to have noisy hobbies, such as motorcycling or pistolry
If you plan to perform a retest within 30 days
If a retest indicates the shift is persistent
If an audiologist or other licensed healthcare professional deems the test invalid
When it's late on a Friday and you have places to go and people to see
Upon which of the following conditions may a baseline be revised?
A baseline may only be revised if authorized by an OSHA inspector
What is the standard method of hearing testing?
What do you call hearing loss due to aging?
How does OSHA define a “problem audiogram”?
One with an STS
One with a change of 15 dB in any threshold
One with a difference of 40dB or more between ears at any frequency
One where the subject has experienced tinnitus, or sudden or fluctuating loss in hearing in the last year
How long does OSHA require you keep audiometric test records?
The duration of employment
Can you remove an entry from the Recordable Log?
Under no conditions
You may line out an entry if a later test shows the recordable shift is not persistent
You may remove an entry if the employee leaves the company
You may remove an entry 7 days after you've notified the employee in writing
Only if you used erasable ink
What is the name of the organization that certifies hearing technicians?
US Council on Hearing
There is no such organization
How often must audiometers be acoustically calibrated?
Every 2 years
After every STS
Is there any sound at zero dB?
Yes, but only if you are within 23.5° latitude of the equator
What items does OSHA require on an audiogram?
Name, department, hire date, and examiner's name
Name, job classification, hire date, and examiner's name
Name, department, audiometer calibration date
Name, job classification, and audiometer calibration date
Name, department, and date of test
What is the acronym used to indicate the attenuation rating for hearing protectors?
How does OSHA define “persistence”?
The presence of a condition on 3 consecutive tests
The presence of a condition on two tests at least 6 months apart
The presence of a condition on a 30-day retest
The presence of a condition on any two tests no matter the intervening elapsed time
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