NIOSH Encourages Companies to "Buy Quiet" with New Web Resources

Published July 2, 2014

New online resources from NIOSH provide information and support for employers who have or are considering implementing a Buy Quiet program. The newly released resources are available on NIOSH’s website and include a new video, several posters, and links to other Buy Quiet websites of organizations who are partners in the agency’s initiative. The new materials explain how to establish a Buy Quiet program, discuss its benefits, and provide additional resources for finding quieter tools and machinery for workplaces.

NIOSH’s Buy Quiet initiative aims to help prevent work-related noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) by encouraging companies to buy or rent quieter machinery and tools to reduce employees’ noise exposures. According to the agency, NIHL is the most common work-related injury in the U.S., affecting approximately 22 million workers per year.

The new resources are collected on NIOSH’s workplace safety and health topic page for Buy Quiet.