The County of San Mateo’s Hearing Conservation Program is designed to protect employees whose duties require them to work in areas where the potential for high intensity noise exposure exists. The purpose of this program is to prevent exposure to or injury from potentially damaging noise levels and serves the County’s overall goal of providing a workplace that is free from all recognized hazards. It is the policy of the County of San Mateo to protect its employees from the hazards of excessive noise exposure on the job.

This program outlines San Mateo County’s requirements for noise monitoring and control, audiometric testing and interpretations, employee training, hearing protective devices and recordkeeping. The hearing conservation program is intended to comply with California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), Title 8, General Industry Safety Orders (GISO) Article 105, Sections 5095‐5100 (Cal/OSHA noise standard).

Department heads, supervisors, employees, and the Risk Management Division shall share responsibilities for implementing and maintaining an effective Hearing Conservation Program within the County of San Mateo.