OSHA Issues Challenge to Public To Submit Ideas for Reducing Workplace Noise Hazards

Workplace noise hazards affect millions of employees in danger of losing their hearing.

So says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which this week invited members of the public to submit ideas on developing a technological solution to workplace noise exposure and hearing loss.

Every year, 22 million workers risk losing their hearing from workplace noise hazards. Hearing loss disability costs businesses an estimated $242 million annually in workers’ compensation.

To improve on those numbers, the DOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mine Safety and Health Administration, in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, have launched the ‘Hear and Now – Noise Safety Challenge’ with the dual goals of inspiring creative ideas and raising business awareness of the market for workplace safety innovation.

The competition is open to all ideas related to occupational hearing protection.

Suggested topics include:

  • Technology that will enhance employer training and improve effective use of hearing protection.
  • Technology that alerts workers when hearing protection is not blocking enough noise to prevent hearing loss.
  • Technology that allows workers to hear important alerts or human voices while remaining protected from harmful noise.

More information and a link to submit ideas can be found at https://www.dol.gov/featured/hearing.

The competition is open to the general public, including OSHA contractors and special government employees. However, employees of federal OSHA, “state plan” states and on-site consultation programs are not eligible.

Learn more about this initiative.

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