On February 23, 2012, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), working with the National Hearing Conservation Association, announced the winners of the 2012 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards.
Colgate-Palmolive, 3M's Hutchinson Plant, and Bechtel National, Inc. were honored for their dedication to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss through successful occupational hearing loss prevention practices. The awards were given out on February 24, 2012 at the Annual Hearing Conservation Conference in New Orleans.
"Since noise is everywhere, preventing its negative effects requires the integration of occupational safety and health protection with health promotion," said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard. "NIOSH supports this concept, also called Total Worker Health, as the most effective approach to promote health. To effectively maintain healthy hearing, it is important for us to extend preventive initiatives outside the workplace, and this year’s recipients offer us compelling examples of this approach."
NIOSH estimates that between 5 and 30 million workers in the U.S. experience noise levels at work that put them at risk of hearing loss, with an another 9 million that may be at risk through exposure to chemicals that damage hearing. Help protect workers' hearing by using hearing-related safety products, including ear plugs and ear muffs, and implementing hearing loss prevention programs in your workplace.