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Hearing Conservation - Refresher


Hearing Conservation Refresher Training Introduction

This is refresher training only. If you have not received previous training you must attend an initial Hearing Conservation training course either provided by the Safety and Environmental Management (SEM) or other training venue.

This training module has been divided into several pages. At the bottom of each page is a link to the next page. At the end of the training module is a 10 question test. When you have successfully completed the test (passing score 80%), you will be prompted to fill out the training documentation form. Print the form, and provide a copy to your supervisor as it is your only confirmation as a record of training.

If you have any questions, you may contact us at 581-4055 or email at

How does this training module apply to my training?

This training module may be used to supplement your annual Hearing Conservation Refresher Training as long as you complete all of the following:

  • read all of the training;
  • successfully pass the test at the end;
  • print off the training documentation form; and
  • discuss any appropriate items with your supervisor

How often is this training required?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard requires that employees receive initial and annual training and be provided hearing protection then they perform job tasks that have noise levels that exceed the regulated levels.

What is required to be addressed in Hearing Conservation Training?

This training will cover:

  • the effects of noise on your hearing
  • the purpose, advantages, and disadvantages of various types of hearing protectors
  • the selection, fit, and care of protectors
  • and the purpose and procedures of audiometric testing

What is a Hearing Conservation Program?

Diagram of inner and outer ear

UMaine's Hearing Conservation Program helps protect employees from an unnecessary loss of hearing. Therefore, there is no reason why hearing loss needs to be the outcome of a noisy job.

UMaine's Hearing Conservation Program includes information about exposure limits, noise exposure assessments, engineering and administrative controls, medical surveillance, hearing protection equipment, training, and recordkeeping. The program is available on the SEM Policy web page.