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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AB89 Publication ID: Fall 1999 
Title: ●Hearing Loss Prevention in Construction Workers 
Abstract: OSHA issued a Sec. 6(b)(5) health standard mandating a comprehensive hearing conservation program for noise exposed workers in general industry in 1983. However, a number of recent studies have shown that a large number of construction workers experience work-related hearing loss. In addition, current industry practice with regard to the use of engineering, administrative and personal protective equipment to reduce exposures to noise is low in this industry. OSHA intends to issue an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in December, 1999, and to initiate stakeholder meetings later in the year, to gather information on the extent of noise-induced hearing loss among workers in different trades in this industry, current practices to reduce this loss, and additional approaches and protections that could be used to prevent such loss in the future. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1926.52   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)    40 USC 333   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  12/00/1999    
ANPRM Comment Period End  02/00/2000    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Marthe B. Kent
Director, Directorate of Safety Standards Programs
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N3605, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2222
Fax:202 693-1663