(Alexandria MN) -- 3M Alexandria Environmental Health Safety and Plant Engineering staff and workers received the 2016 Safe-In-Sound™ Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The NIOSH Safe-In-Sound™ Award recognizes companies in the manufacturing, construction and service sectors for those who demonstrate, by example, the benefits of developing or following good hearing loss prevention practices. 3M Alexandria was the only recipient of the NIOSH Safe-In-Sound™ Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award out of many applicants across the United States. NIOSH is United States Agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and is a division of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Starting in 2011, 3M Alexandria received support to reduce noise exposures, and the need for their workers to be enrolled in a hearing conservation program throughout their facility. Noise level reductions were so successfully reduced, that 199 of 203 employees are no longer required to be in the 3M Alexandria Hearing Conservation Program.
3M Alexandria is recognized for their all-inclusive and systematic, statistically driven noise exposure assessments, cost-effective noise reduction projects, the documentation of cost and noise reduction results, and the implementation of Buy-Quiet principles. In addition, they have maintained a high quality of audiometric testing and hearing protection selection and fitting program for those few employees that remain exposed to noise. 3M Alexandria’s success story demonstrates that noise control is desirable, achievable, and economical in both the short and long term.