The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), announced the winners of the 2013 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards. This year’s winners received their awards at the 38th Annual Hearing Conservation Conference on Feb. 22 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The awards honor organizations that have shown dedication to excellence in hearing loss prevention practices in the work environment and beyond.
The recipient of the 2013 Safe-in-Sound Award for Excellence was Vulcan Materials Co. Recognized for its commitment and implementation of a quality data-driven hearing loss prevention program, Vulcan has embraced innovative and cost-effective noise measurement and control strategies. They provide extensive noise measurement and control training for select employees to function as industrial hygiene support staff. Vulcan is also leading the advancements in noise monitoring strategies for mobile workers by integrating sophisticated technologies such as GPS, and video into their noise measurement protocols. These novel approaches will benefit other industries in the future and contribute to the goal of eliminating work-related noise-induced hearing loss.
“This year’s recipients confirm that the benefits of noise control go far beyond the prevention of hearing loss and make good business sense, as a safe and healthy workforce benefits workers, employers, and the U.S. economy,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to highlight the innovative work of companies who serve as leaders in this area.”