Employers shall make hearing protectors available to all employees exposed to an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels or greater at no cost to the employees. Hearing protectors shall be replaced as necessary.
Employers shall ensure that hearing protectors are worn:
By an employee who is required by paragraph (b)(1) of this section to wear personal protective equipment; and
By any employee who is exposed to an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels or greater, and who:
Has not yet had a baseline audiogram established pursuant to paragraph (g)(5)(ii); or
Has experienced a standard threshold shift.
Employees shall be given the opportunity to select their hearing protectors from a variety of suitable hearing protectors provided by the employer.
The employer shall provide training in the use and care of all hearing protectors provided to employees.
The employer shall ensure proper initial fitting and supervise the correct use of all hearing protectors.