WHAT? Our mission is to recognize organizations and employers that have adopted 85 dBA for an 8-hour noise exposure limit measured with a 3-dB exchange rate for their hearing loss prevention programs, and to encourage others to adopt this same hearing protective strategy.
WHY? Occupational hearing loss has become a “silent epidemic” in the United States. It is a major problem that deserves far more attention. We believe that by publically acknowledging the large number of companies who make extra efforts to truly protect worker hearing we can encourage others to follow their lead.
A number of governments and consensus organizations have long advocated the 85-dBA average exposure limit for an 8-hour day measured with a 3-dB exchange rate, which means that whenever the exposure time is halved, the permissible limit may be raised 3 dB. For example, an exposure of 88 dBA for 4 hours would be equivalent to the same 8-hour exposure at 85 dBA. Most countries around the world require these evidence-based exposure limits, as well as certain U.S. companies committed to employing best practices to protect the hearing of their workers beyond simple regulatory compliance.You will be expected to publish a link on your website and communicate information via e-news informing members or users about the new campaign and its progress; encourage employers, companies, or agencies to become listed as 85-3 practitioners (or “Pioneers”), and recruit others to become 85-3 Coalition Members.
WHO? The 85-3 Coalition Members are concerned professionals and organizations who aim to recognize real-world efforts towards making workplaces quieter, healthier, and more productive (see logos below). The 85 3 Pioneers are progressive companies, agencies, and nations that have adopted the 85-3 criterion for the noise exposure assessment of employees.
HOW? In this campaign we are highlighting progressive companies, agencies, and nations that have adopted the 85-3 criterion for the noise exposure assessment of employees. To become an 85-3 Coalition Member; please email a letter on your institution letterhead signed by an authorized representative agreeing to list your agency on this web site along with a high definition file of your logo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To become an 85-3 Pioneer: please email us a letter on company letterhead signed by an authorized representative agreeing to list your company on the 85-3 network's Web site and the relevant excerpt from your noise policy demonstrating the use of 85-3 noise exposure criteria to email@example.com. There is no financial commitment required. It would be greatly appreciated if you would like to further publicize your participation in this effort and highlight that this approach is already a standard of practice in your workplace, agency or organization.
WHEN? A coordinated effort is being undertaken to enlist as many companies and organizations as possible to sign-on. The campaign was launched in conjunction with the National Hearing Conservation Association 37th Annual Conference held on February 24, 2012 (http://www.hearingconservation.org) To be part of the ongoing campaign, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please send us an email.