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Region 1 News Release: 08-394-BOS/BOS 2008-104
Wed., April 9, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA, Springfield and Auburn businesses, team up to reduce noise hazards in central and western Massachusetts workplaces

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Reducing noise hazards for employees in central and western Massachusetts is the goal of a new alliance among the Springfield Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), American Safety and Supply Inc. (ASSI) of Springfield, and Industrial Hearing Testing (IHT) of Auburn, Mass.

"Continual exposure to high noise levels can lead to hearing loss," said Mary Hoye, OSHA's area director in Springfield. "The key to preventing hearing loss is in knowing how to identify, address and minimize workplace noise hazards, be that workplace a factory, construction site or other venue."

Under the alliance, OSHA, ASSI and IHT will work jointly to develop and deliver training and education programs, educational materials and resources to the region's employers that will focus on noise-related safety and health issues, and preventing hearing loss in both construction and general industry workplaces. The first training session is expected to be held later this spring.

"This unique partnership seeks to take a comprehensive and effective approach to reducing noise hazards in the region's workplaces by equipping employers and employees with the knowledge and ability to prevent hearing losses in the