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NIOSH holds event to encourage use of noise controls

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has announced it will hold a two-day Buy Quiet Workshop, November 9-10, 2011, to encourage greater use of engineering noise controls at construction sites and in manufacturing plants.

The event is a National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) activity, and will be jointly organized by its Construction Sector and Manufacturing Sector Programs, as well as the NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Cross-sector program.

The workshop is intended to determine feasibility and functionality of Buy Quiet programs and discuss steps that will ensure its successful implementation. In the end, workshop officials hope to encourage a wider adoption of noise control techniques in the construction and manufacturing industries.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 30 million people are exposed to hazardous noise in the workplace each year. Hearing loss due to occupational noise has been one of the most prevalent work hazards for more than 25 years, indicating a need for better protection.

Safety products such as ear plugs and ear muffs, and enclosing or isolating the noise source with sound barriers, have been proven to significantly reduce dangerous noise levels.  

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