OSHA, in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, has launched the “Hear and Now – Noise Safety Challenge” with the “dual goals of inspiring creative ideas and raising business awareness of the market for workplace safety innovation.” Every year, 22 million workers risk losing their hearing from workplace noise hazards. Hearing loss disability costs businesses an estimated $242 million annually in workers’ compensation. Idea submissions for the contest are due by September 30th. Ten finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges on October 27th in Washington D.C. The event will feature investors, representatives of the NIOSH Research to Practice Program and representatives of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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