ยป Go



BP Users Login
> Home> Health> Hearing Conservation> Responsibilities
Your Role
Ergonomics
Hazard Communication & Chemical Hygiene Plan
Health Investigations
Health Map
Hearing Conservation
>Responsibilities
>Program Elements
>Attenuation of Hearing Protective Devices
Medical Department
Permit Required Activities
Training
Respiratory Protection
Travel Health


Responsibilities
> Supervisors
> Employees
> Safety and Industrial Hygiene Staff
> BP Naperville Medical Department
> Engineers
> Contractors


Supervisors
  • Identify existing or new equipment/areas that generate significant noise levels and notify industrial hygienist or safety personnel for determination of whether a potential noise "hazard" exists. As a rule of thumb, areas that have noise levels sufficient to interfere with verbal communications (the voice must be raised in order to be heard) would be suspected of having noise levels that would warrant further investigation. 
  • Identify employees who routinely visit other BP facilities and spend 8 hours or more per shift out on units with high noise. Notify the site industrial hygienist of these employees for possible inclusion in the hearing conservation program. If there is any doubt about the exposure level, the supervisor should work with HSE from both CAFO and the facility in question to quantify the noise exposure.
  • Post “Hearing Protection Required” warning signs at all entrances or on the periphery of work areas or equipment defined to have high noise levels (areas with noise level at or above 85 dBA) by the industrial hygienist or safety personnel.
  • Enforce the use of hearing protection devices for all personnel who work in or enter “Hearing Protection Required” areas (areas with noise level at or above 85 dBA), regardless of the duration of time spent in the area.
  • Ensure that employees enrolled in the Hearing Conservation Program attend required annual training and receive annual audiometric examinations.
  • Initiate the installation of engineering controls (with the responsible business unit or organization) to reduce noise levels where a need for such has been demonstrated by survey work done by the industrial hygienist or safety personnel.
  • Notify site industrial hygienist of any modifications in equipment or systems, which may change noise levels and personal exposure and whenever there is a personnel change which could affect the individual’s inclusion or deletion from the HCP.
Employees
  • All employees who enter areas posted as "Hearing Protection Required Area” or operate equipment with “Hearing Protection Required” sign shall wear hearing protection regardless of the amount of time they are in the area. 
  • Employees who are enrolled in their employer’s Hearing Conservation Program have to attend annual training and have annual audiometric examination.
  • Employees whose noise exposures are from visiting other facilities shall follow the visiting facility’s requirements.
  • Employees will have access to the written program, OSHA standard, monitoring results and audiometric examinations. Access to the OSHA and IH information can be attained by contacting CAFO HSE. Naperville Medical maintains employee records of audiometric examinations.

Safety and Industrial Hygiene Staff
  • The site industrial hygienist or his designee is the Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) administrator. 
  •  Conduct periodic noise surveys to identify areas where noise levels may be at or greater than 85 dBA. These areas of 85 dBA or greater noise are then documented, and data and posting requirements are reported to area supervisors. Maintain survey results in the BP Medgate database. 
  • Conduct personal monitoring or interviews of employees working in areas where their noise exposure levels may be at or exceeding 8 hour time weighted average exposure of 85 dBA. Working with supervisors, identify all employees who work in the area and determine if they need to be included in the Hearing Conservation Program. Notify employees of the monitoring results. 
  • Notify the Naperville Medical Department of employees to be included or deleted from the HCP. 
  • Recommend engineering controls where a need for such has been demonstrated by noise monitoring.
  • Evaluate and select a variety of suitable hearing protection devices for employees to use. 
  • Evaluate the site Hearing Conservation Program periodically.
BP Naperville Medical Department
  • Conduct annual audiometric testing of employees included in the Hearing Conservation Program as per OSHA standard specification. Inform the employee the purpose of audiometric testing and an explanation of the testing procedures. Evaluate audiograms and notify employees of the results. Maintain testing results. 
  • Coordinate/provide annual training of employees included in the hearing conservation program.
  • Provide instructions on selection, fitting, use and care of hearing protective devices. Fit employees with the properly sized hearing protector and refit and retrain employees who showed threshold shift. Document fitting, refitting and retraining records.
  • Maintain audiometric tester and booth calibration records.
  • Notify HSSE department and employee’s supervisor of employees with 25 dB temporary threshold shifts.
Engineers
  • Follow BP engineering specification in purchasing equipment and new facility. 
  • Jointly with industrial hygiene and safety staffs evaluate feasible engineering controls.
  • Document engineering controls implemented and /or explain why certain controls were not installed.
Contractors
  • In all cases, contractors are responsible for providing and wearing hearing protection in areas designated as "Hearing Protection Required” areas. 
  • Contractors are responsible for the administration of their own Hearing Conservation Program as needed and determined by the contractor.


© 2006 BP p.l.c.   |   Legal Notice   |   Privacy statement