The 2012 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards™ were presented at the 37th Annual Hearing Conservation Conference on February 24, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The 2012 recipients for Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention in the Manufacturing Sector are:
Colgate-Palmolive (CP) the first company to receive a Safe-in-Sound Award™ at a company level, is a global company with 35,000 employees in over 200 countries. CP manufactures dental care, personal care, home care and pet nutrition products. Their accomplishments are achieved by applying internal expertise to establish synergistic partnerships across diverse departments and organizational levels to solve problems.
Colgate-Palmolive was recognized for interventions such as: company-wide adoption of the NIOSH recommended 85-dBA threshold-limit value for 8-hour noise exposures; application of the 3-dB exchange rate for noise exposure assessments; adoption of inclusive criteria in their hearing loss prevention program; completion of multiple noise-control studies throughout each business unit to identify all noise sources affecting worker exposure; development and implementation of many pilot-program noise control measures; documentation of cost and noise reduction results; dissemination of an internal CP handbook on noise control; development of online, on-demand webcast training in noise control engineering available in six languages; establishment of checklists for sustaining low-noise levels; and the adoption of buy-quiet and design-quiet policies – even to the point of assisting equipment manufacturers in developing quieter machinery.
3M, Hutchinson, MN (Hutchinson, MN). 3M has 180 plant locations worldwide which produce over 50,000 products. The Hutchinson Plant is the largest of 28 3M manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and manufactures a range of pressure sensitive adhesive tapes, micro abrasives, and coated and uncoated plastic films.
The plant serves 26 of the 35 3M divisions with final products or intermediaries that are further processed for Aerospace, Automotive, Electrical, Personal Care, Communication Markets, and Renewable Energy. The hearing conservation program at 3M Hutchinson was recognized for its all-inclusive and strongly integrated approach to worker hearing health including statistically driven noise exposure assessments, implementation of a Buy-Quiet program, and noise control for existing equipment. In addition, it was recognized for comprehensive implementation of hearing protection fit-testing of all plant personnel, availability of both general and specialty hearing protection devices for off-the-job noise exposures (e.g. hunting and target shooting), high quality audiometric testing with professional supervision and evidence of strong support from corporate management, plant management and individual workers.
This 3M program was tailored for individualized training and development of a culture of personal responsibility to maintain noise controls, identify noise hazards and properly fit and utilize hearing protectors throughout the facility.
The 2012 recipient for Innovation in Hearing Loss Prevention in the Construction Sector is:
Bechtel National Inc., BSII, Waste Treatment & Immobilization Plant Project (Richland, WA). (Richland, WA). The Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) is the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant. It is being designed, constructed, and commissioned by Bechtel National, Inc.
The construction site spans 65 acres and includes four major nuclear facilities. Bechtel Waste Treatment & Immobilization Plant Project was recognized for the comprehensive integration of their hearing loss prevention program components, for their innovative strategies to address industry specific challenges in the areas of noise monitoring, risk evaluation and risk communication, for adopting the NIOSH-recommended exposure limit of 85 dB with the 3 dB exchange rate, for promoting the active involvement of the workforce in their efforts, and for encouraging the adoption of their strategies by other Bechtel sites.