The 2013 awards were presented at the 38th NHCA Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, FL on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 by NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard. At the ceremony he remarked that “this year 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.” He also highlighted their award winning experiences in the March 2013 NIOSH ENews, in the From the Director’s Desk section, “A Sound Investment.”
The award honors exceptional hearing loss prevention programs designed to protect workers in the construction, manufacturing, and service sectors. In addition, it recognizes individuals or organizations for innovation in hearing loss prevention and their dedication to fostering and implementing new and unique advances in the prevention of hearing loss. Nominations for the next awards will be accepted until September 6, 2013.
NIOSH recommends removing hazardous noise from the workplace whenever possible and implementing an effective hearing loss prevention program in those situations where dangerous noise exposures have not yet been controlled or eliminated. For more information about noise and hearing loss prevention research at NIOSH please visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/abouthlp/abouthlp.html.