Federal Agencies Launch Challenge to Improve Occupational Hearing Protection

Published August 17, 2016

​OSHA and MSHA, in partnership with NIOSH, have launched a challenge to inventors and entrepreneurs to help develop technological solutions to occupational noise exposure and work-related hearing loss. The agencies intend the competition to inspire ideas such as technology that will improve effective use of hearing protection, alert workers when hearing protection is not blocking enough noise to prevent hearing loss, and allow workers to hear important alerts while remaining protected from harmful noise.

The noise safety challenge is open to the general public, including OSHA contractors and special government employees. Ideas are due by Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, and must be submitted via Challenge.gov. Ten finalists will be selected to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges on Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C., at an event featuring investors and representatives from the NIOSH Research to Practice Program and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

For more information about the noise safety challenge, visit the Department of Labor’s website.