NIOSH and NHCA present 2015 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards™

United Technologies honored for Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention in the Manufacturing Sector
Feb 23, 2015 8:00 AM ET

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards™, honoring companies that have shown dedication to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss through excellent hearing loss prevention practices in the work environment. The awards will be presented at the 40th Annual Hearing Conservation Conference on Feb. 20th, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“We know that noise-induced hearing loss can affect workers in any sector of the economy and that it has a significant impact on the individual their family and our nation’s economy,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “We are honored to once again we have this opportunity to recognize organizations that are leading the way in preventing work-related hearing loss and keeping workers safe and healthy.”

The first of the 2015 recipients of the Safe-in-Sound Excellence Award is United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), a global company with over 210,000 employees throughout the world. This is only the second time that a Safe-in-Sound Excellence Award™ is presented to an entire company and represents an example how of excellence can be achieved across diverse manufacturing environments and geographical locations.  United Technologies is recognized for including as one of its company-wide 2015 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 strategies used within the company to fulfill that goal. Their comprehensive approach to hearing loss prevention and commitment to employee hearing health and noise control is exceptional.  Their approach includes 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, documentation of cost and noise reduction results, and the adoption of Management of Change policies and practices.  Employees at all levels of the company are engaged in the initiatives and have contributed to these noteworthy accomplishments.

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