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Winning strategies for hearing loss prevention: the NIOSH Safe-in-Sound Awards(TM).
Synergist 2012 May; 23(5):27-28
How might hearing loss prevention programs be improved? NIOSH is helping answer this question with its Safe-in-Sound Awards(TM) which the agency created as a way to publicize success stories in hearing [ass prevention. Through Safe-inSound, NIOSH obtains information about successful real world hearing loss prevention programs and public health practices. By disseminating these successful strategies, Safe-in-Sound helps other groups 10 advance hearing loss prevention practices. NIOSH created the Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) in late 2006. There are three Safe-in-Sound Awards, one for each of the three North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) sectors providing startup funding for the project: construction, manufacturing and services. In addition, a fourth award for "innovation in hearing loss prevention" was established to recognize individuals and/or business entities, regardless of their sector. Industry safety personnel are encouraged to nominate their own businesses as well as others working toward hearing loss prevention in the workplace. The Safe-in-Sound Awards are presented annually at the NHCA annual conference by the NIOSH director or his or her representative. The awards were first presented in 2009, and current and past award winners can be viewed at <a href="http://www.safeinsound.us/winners.html"target="_break">http://www.safeinsound.us/winners.html</a>
Hearing; Hearing-loss; Hearing-conservation; Hearing-protection; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Injury-prevention; Ear-protection; Ear-protectors; Sound; Sound-attenuation; Control-methods; Noise-control; Noise-protection; Service-industries; Construction-industry; Industrial-environment
Deanna Meinke, Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, Campus Box 140, Greeley, CO 80639
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