NIOSH has developed the Buy Quiet Web Tool and the Database of Noise Levels for Machinery and Power Tools with the goal of reducing noise-induced hearing loss among the nation’s workers by providing information and tools to facilitate, document, and track the progress of Buy Quiet programs. NIOSH is looking for one organization to host and maintain either one or both.
The existing Buy Quiet Web Tool provides companies with all the tools necessary to effectively implement a Buy Quiet program.
According to NIOSH, noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. Each year approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to noise loud enough to damage their hearing. To create a more healthful workplace, NIOSH recommends preventing hazardous noise through controls for noise exposure and encourages business owners to create Buy Quiet programs as a first step.
Noise-induced hearing loss can’t be reversed, but it is 100% preventable. NIOSH recommends that workers should not be exposed to noise at a level that amounts to more than 85 decibels (dBA) for 8 hours. Buy Quiet can help you stay below the recommended exposure level for noise. NIOSH is soliciting proposals for organizations to host and maintain the Buy Quiet Web Tool and the Database of Noise Levels for Machinery and Power Tools through a non-exclusive license.
The web tool and database are intended to provide guidance and information on how to adopt a Buy Quiet program, as well as provide information about machinery and equipment noise levels. It is the goal of these online resources to inform at-risk individuals and their organizations about occupational noise exposures and practical ways to reduce noise-induced hearing loss.
NIOSH will grant a license for the maintenance and hosting of the web tools.