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The 2015 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards™ , presented at the 40th Annual Conference of the National Hearing Conservation Association in New Orleans on February 20, 2015.

The 2015 recipients for Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention in the Manufacturing Sector are:

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United Technologies Corporation (UTC) is a global company with over 210,000 employees from 46 states and 186 countries. This is only the second time that a Safe-in-Sound Excellence Award™ is presented to an entire corporation and represents an example of excellence across multiple industries and geographical locations.  UTC is recognized for including in its current sustainability goals “to reduce employee exposure to noise and chemicals to levels so safe that wearing personal protective equipment is no longer mandatory….” and for the subsequent multi-level strategies used to support the diverse companies within the corporation to fulfill that goal. Their comprehensive approach to hearing loss prevention and commitment to employee hearing health and noise control are exceptional.  Their approach includes corporation-wide interventions such as: reduction of sound levels below an 85-dBA limit for 8-hour noise exposures; adoption of inclusive criteria in their comprehensive hearing loss prevention program; completion of multiple noise-control studies throughout each business unit to identify all noise sources affecting worker exposure; documentation of cost and noise reduction results; and the adoption of Buy-Quiet policies and practices.  Employees at all levels of the corporation are engaged in the initiatives and each individually contributes to these noteworthy accomplishments.
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United Technologies Corporation winners group
Back row, from left to right:  James Lankford (Safe-in-Sound Committee), Matthew Twerdy (UTC);
Phillip Sims (UTC), Mike Nightingale (UTC), Front row, L to R: Kristy Casto (NHCA President),
John Franks, (Safe-in-Sound Committee), David Senft (UTC),  Thais C. Morata (NIOSH), Sara Kerr (UTC),
Deanna Meinke (Safe-in-Sound Committee), William Murphy (NIOSH), and Rick Neitzel (Safe-in-Sound Committee).


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Mahrt Mill Employees of Cottonton, Alabama, of the MeadWestvaco Corporation.  The intrinsic nature of the noise hazards at a paper mill approaching its 50th anniversary makes them difficult to control, which translates into challenges and elevates the importance for the other hearing loss prevention efforts.  The subsequent reliance upon hearing protection and effective training becomes even more critical when hazardous noise levels exist. In addition, recognition of the importance of audibility and communication that is critical to employee safety is also a relevant consideration. The Mahrt Mill Hearing Conservation Team expanded and improved on their noise measurements, developed and implemented engaging educational programs, provided two alternative types of hearing protection fit-testing of all plant personnel, selected a diverse assortment of effective general and specialty hearing protection devices for both work and recreational application, conducted high quality audiometric testing with professional review and employee follow-up.  There is evidence of strong support from plant management and individual workers and each recognizes their role in the success of the program.  Their teamwork commitment to each individual at risk of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus is especially noteworthy, as are their efforts to actively encourage the adoption of their strategies by other MWV sites.   The employees of Mahrt Mill are changing their course towards hearing health.
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Mahrt Mill winners group
Back row, from left to right:  James Lankford (Safe-in-Sound Committee),
John Franks (Safe-in-Sound Committee),  Deanna Meinke (Safe-in-Sound Committee),  
William Murphy (NIOSH), Hazel Ladner (MWV),  Rick Neitzel (Safe-in-Sound Committee);
Front row, L to R: Rosolyn Durden (MWV), Courtney Tinner (MWV), Cathy Porter (MWV),
Thais C. Morata (NIOSH), and Kristy Casto (NHCA President).

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