Noise control strategies: lessons from Safe-in-Sound excellence in hearing loss prevention awards (TM).
Meinke-DK; Morata-TC; Hayden-C
NOISE-CON 2013. The 28th Conference of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, August 26 - 28, 2013, Denver, Colorado. Washington, DC: The Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA, 2013 Aug; :NC13-194
In the environmental and occupational health arenas, recognition of benchmarks, awards, and incentive schemes are receiving increasing attention for their role in promoting excellence and adoption of preventive interventions. Few awards or incentive programs exist worldwide specifically focused on noise control and the prevention of occupational hearing loss. In 2007, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) partnered with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) to create the Safe-in-Sound Award(TM) for Excellence and Innovation in Hearing Loss Prevention (http://www.safeinsound.us
). The objectives of this award program are to recognize effective and innovative initiatives, and to share leading edge information to a broader community. Fifteen awards have been presented to date. The award process has resulted in the acquisition of high quality field data related to noise exposure monitoring and successful noise control outcomes leading to the elimination of the need for a hearing conservation program or in the reduction of number of workers enrolled in the program. In addition, award recipients demonstrated a strong return on investment from noise control initiatives such as "Buy-Quiet" and "Quiet-by-Design". A summary of specific strategies and examples of outcomes are provided in an effort to more widely disseminate the practicality, feasibility, and significant individual worker impacts of noise control in the workplace.
Noise; Sound; Injury-prevention; Noise-control; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Hearing-conservation; Safety-programs; Noise-exposure; Control-systems; Control-technology; Equipment-design; Environmental-technology
Deanna K. Meinke, Ph.D, University of Northern Colorado, Audiology & Speech-Language Sciences, Campus Box 140, Gunter Hall 1500, Greeley, CO 80639
NOISE-CON 2013. The 28th Conference of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, August 26 - 28, 2013, Denver, Colorado