The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), together with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has recently awarded the recipient of the 2017 Safe-in-sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award.
The award aims to honor people who have contributed to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus through effective practices or innovations directed to people who are exposed to noise at work.
Ryan Lee Scott, Deputy Sheriff with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office in Florida was presented with the award for demonstrating initiative and innovation in examining noise exposure among police officers and presenting potential solutions in order to be safer on the job.
“Hearing is a critical sense for a police officer, who uses it to communicate and monitor the safety of community members, fellow officers, and themselves,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “Deputy Sheriff Scott is a pioneer, examining the noise exposure problem among his colleagues and developing an innovative approach to bring solutions to the law enforcement community.”
NIOSH suggests removing hazardous noise from the workplace whenever possible and implementing an effective hearing loss prevention program in those situations where dangerous noise exposures have not yet been controlled or eliminated. More information is available at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise.