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Safe-in-Sound Awards(TM): recognizing and promoting effective hearing loss prevention.

Morata-T; Meinke-DK
Update: The Newsletter of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation 2013 Mar; 25(1):4-6
The Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award(TM) was created in a partnership between the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) in late 2006. The objective of this initiative was to obtain information about real world successful hearing loss prevention programs and public health practices currently in use in industry and disseminate it widely. The rationale behind this initiative was that by disseminating evidence-based strategies, Safei-n-Sound(TM) could enable other groups to effectively advance hearing loss prevention practice. In 2007, NIOSH facilitated the organization and meeting of an expert committee comprised of members(1) with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise relevant to hearing loss prevention in construction, agriculture, regulatory practices and general industry. The expert committee has been responsible for the logo creation, award development, application review, candidate site visits, annual award winner selections and recognition ceremony. Three "Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards(TM)" were established; one for each of the three North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) sectors providing start up funding for the project; Construction (23), Manufacturing (31-33) and Services (51-56, 61, 71-72, 81 & 92). In addition, a fourth award for "Innovation in Hearing Loss" was established to recognize individuals and/or business entities, regardless of sector/NAICs code affiliation. Three winners were recognized in 2013; one for Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention in the Manufacturing Sector and two for Innovation in Hearing Loss Prevention. They are: 1) Vulcan Materials Company (VMC), a major producer of construction aggregates; primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel. VMC operates 323 aggregates plants and other production and distribution facilities which serve 19 states, the District of Columbia, the Bahamas and Mexico; 2) Johns Manville (JM), a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality building insulation, commercial roofing, roof insulation, and specialty products for commercial, industrial and residential applications; and 3) Dangerous Decibels, a multi-faceted, evidence-based intervention program dedicated to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.
Hearing-conservation; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Sound; Sound-analyzers; Injury-prevention; Work-environment; Work-organization; Work-practices; Construction; Industrial-noise; Industrial-environment; Noise-control; Service-industries; Hearing-protection
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Update: The Newsletter of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division