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OSHA Trade Release
June 2, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999


National Hearing Conservation Association Aligns with OSHA
Preventing noise-induced hearing loss is focus of Alliance

WASHINGTON -- The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has become the latest in a growing number of organizations agreeing to work with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to advance worker safety and health.

NHCA formalized the Alliance June 2 to set in motion a collaborative relationship with OSHA for the prevention of hearing loss caused by exposure to industrial and construction-related noise and other environmental factors in the workplace.

"Millions of workers are exposed to high noise levels on the job," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "It's important that we do everything possible to eliminate the risk of hearing loss. The Alliance with NHCA allows us the opportunity to work with a wide range of professionals who are expert in hearing conservation and best practices."

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to enter into this alliance agreement with OSHA," added Tim Bailey, NHCA President. "Our mission is to eliminate noise-induced hearing loss at work, home and play. This alliance will allow us to use our immense professional association's resources to develop recommended best practices, hearing conservation programs and practical guides for industry, with a special emphasis on the construction industry."

A key feature to this Alliance is the future development of a guide for hearing protection that will include a matrix for the use o