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The Buy Quiet initiative encourages companies to purchase or rent quieter machinery and tools to reduce noise exposures for workers, helping to prevent work-related noise-induced hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the United States; approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise exposures at work each year.
“Work-related noise-induced hearing loss is preventable and, with these 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, as part of our Prevention through Design initiative, 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.”
A Buy Quiet program can help to decrease the risk of hearing loss at the worksite, minimize the impact of noise on communities, and assist companies in complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other noise regulation requirements.
The new resources from NIOSH are intended for employers to use as part of Buy Quiet programs or to help them take the first steps in considering how Buy Quiet can improve their workplace. The Buy Quiet resources include a video, several posters, and links to partner Buy Quiet websites. The materials and more information about NIOSH’s Buy Quiet efforts can be found by going to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/buyquiet/.
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 can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/. Buy Quiet is also a specific application of the NIOSH Prevention through Design (PtD) Initiative, which can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/PTD/.
NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. For more information about NIOSH visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/.