Personal Protective Equipment, Personnel Safety

OSHA, NIOSH Seeking Innovation in Hearing Protection

Together with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), OSHA is challenging inventors and entrepreneurs to help develop a technological solution to workplace noise exposure and related hearing loss.

The agencies have launched the “Hear and Now Noise Safety Challenge” with the dual goals of inspiring creative ideas and raising business awareness of the market for workplace safety innovation.

Every year, 22 million workers risk losing their hearing from workplace noise hazards; occupational hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the United States. Hearing loss disability costs businesses an estimated $242 million annually in workers’ compensation.

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