Hearing Protection:

Problems in the Department of Defense

LCD-77-308: Published: Sep 15, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1977.

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The Department of Defense (DOD) is paying out millions of dollars for employees' job-related hearing losses. In addition, safety regulations have been disregarded and disciplinary actions lacking. A complete and well-defined policy on hearing protection is needed and installation officials should comply with all regulations covering the hearing program.

Hearing loss claims by government workers, about 95 percent from DOD, have doubled since 1973. Federal agencies have not agreed on a safe noise exposure level.

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