Buy Quiet Initiative in the USA
Noise-induced hearing loss is still considered one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States of America. The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health launched a national Buy Quiet campaign to raise awareness of the importance of purchasing quieter equipment. Buy Quiet encourages companies to seek out and demand quieter equipment thus driving the market to design and create quieter products. In the long run, investment in noise controls should be more prevalent as the market demands quieter products. This paradigm occurs as the market for quieter products expands both from the supply side (manufacturers) and the demand side (tool and equipment purchasers). The key to experiencing the reduced costs and increased benefits of Buy Quiet will be to develop partnerships between manufacturers and consumers. To this end, the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health continues to work with partners to educate stakeholders about the risks and true costs of noise-induced hearing loss, as well as the economic benefits of buying quieter equipment.
KeywordsNoise Hearing loss Prevention Engineering controls Buy Quiet
The contributions of NIOSH contractors, David Nelson of Nelson Acoustics, Inc. and Rod Ford at Tier1 Performance Solutions, Inc. were instrumental in the development of Buy Quiet logistics, concepts, architecture, and promotional and educational materials.
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