The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published new online resources to help businesses buy or rent less-noisy tools to help reduce noise-related hearing loss, which is the most common work-related injury in the United States. Some 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise exposures at work each year.
The Buy Quiet program is intended to help employers comply with noise regulations and reduce worker hearing loss. New materials include a video, several posters, and links to Buy Quiet partner websites.
“Work-related noise-induced hearing loss is preventable and, with these new resources, NIOSH is working to help employers make better decisions that will have a lasting impact on the quality of life for their workers,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “Buy Quiet programs... provide a way to create inherently safer worksites that benefit both workers and employers in improving the health and safety of our nation’s workforce,” he added.
NIOSH’s Buy Quiet effort is part of the broader Hearing Loss Prevention Program, which conducts research on the causes of occupational hearing loss and works to deliver practical prevention solutions to employers. More information on NIOSH’s Hearing Loss Prevention Program. Buy Quiet is also a specific application of the NIOSH Prevention through Design (PtD) Initiative.