hearing protectionSafety professionals interested in implementing "Buy Quiet" programs in their workplaces take note: the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will hold a Buy Quiet Workshop Nov. 9-10 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

NIOSH says the workshop will explore methods for developing and implementing "Buy Quiet" programs that meet the needs of the business community -- especially in the construction and manufacturing industries. The feasibility of Buy Quiet programs will be examined in an effort to stimulate the wider adoption of current and future engineering noise controls on machinery. Organizers also hope to stimulate the development of Buy Quiet programs specifically for construction and manufacturing.

The format will range from speakers providing presentations to break-out sessions and roundtable discussions, in which participants can share experiences with and techniques for implementation, incentives and barriers for implementation.

The Workshop is a National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) activity jointly organized by the
NORA Construction Sector and Manufacturing Sector Programs, and the NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Cross-sector Program.

The workshop will be held at Robert A. Taft Laboratories, Taft Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.  

The meeting is open to the public and limited only be the space available (100 people can be accommodated in the meeting space). Those interested in attending the meeting can email: nioshdocket@cdc.gov or call 513-533-8611. Information on the workshop can be found at www.team-psa.com/BUYQUIET.

NIOSH says the workshop will appeal to purchasing agents and buyers of construction and manufacturing machinery and equipment; construction and manufacturing employers; noise control engineers, product designers and manufacturers and anyone interested in bringing "Buy Quiet" programs into the workplace.