May 28, 2020

Nominations for the 2021 Safe-in-Sound Awards Are Due June 8

The deadline to nominate organizations or individuals to receive a Safe-in-Sound Award in 2021 is June 8, 2020. The Safe-in-Sound Awards are presented annually by NIOSH in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) and the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). The awards recognize those who demonstrate by example the benefits of developing or following good hearing loss prevention practices. Two awards are given: the Excellence Award, which honors employers who implement exemplary hearing loss prevention programs, and the Innovation Award, which recognizes those who create innovative solutions to real workplace hearing loss prevention challenges.

This year’s recipient of the Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award was the Multilateral Medical Operations Panel Acoustics Sub-Working Group for the International Space Station (ISS). The group was recognized for innovation in hearing loss prevention, for identifying the risks facing ISS crewmembers in their unique work environment, and for developing solutions to reduce exposure.

NIOSH, NHCA, and CAOHC are accepting nominations for the next round of awards. To start the nomination process, interested individuals should submit a letter via email to Safe-in-Sound Review Committee Coordinator Scott Schneider by June 8, 2020, that describes the noise control or other hearing loss prevention intervention that suggests excellence or innovation. Self-nominations are encouraged. Completed nominations will be due by July 15, 2020.

Additional information on the nomination process is available on the Safe-in-Sound website​​​ and in a SynergistNOW blog post authored last year by Scott Schneider.