NIOSH launches Web resources for Buy Quiet initiative

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched Buy Quiet Web resources—materials that highlight the benefits of a Buy Quiet program; explain how to establish a program in a workplace; and provide additional resources for finding quieter tools and machinery.

Buy Quiet is a prevention initiative that encourages companies to purchase or rent quieter machinery and tools to reduce worker noise exposure. The initiative also provides information about equipment noise levels and encourages manufacturers to design quieter equipment.

Every year, about 22 million U.S. workers encounter noise exposures loud enough to be potentially hazardous, and up to 50 percent of construction workers may have some job-related hearing loss. This type of occupational noise-induced hearing loss is permanent and cannot be reversed but it is preventable.

Buy Quiet programs also minimize the effect of noise on communities and help companies comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other noise regulation requirements. Additionally, Buy Quiet may reduce the long-term costs of audiometric testing, personal protective equipment, and workers' compensation.

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