ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Elliott Berger, M.S., Division Scientist for 3M’s Personal Safety
Division, will be presented with the National Hearing Conservation
Association (NHCA) Lifetime Achievement Award in St. Petersburg, Fla.,
in February 2013.
This award represents the highest honor bestowed by the NHCA and
recognizes a lifetime of accomplishment in the field of hearing loss
prevention and in service to NHCA. The NHCA honors Elliott Berger for
his significant and lasting contributions to hearing conservation and to
NHCA, as evidenced by his extensive body of quality work.
“Elliott is a driving force in hearing loss prevention research and
training, personal hearing protection product development, and the
establishment of national and international standards and regulations,”
said Dennis Driscoll, past president of NHCA and principal consultant
with Associates in Acoustics Inc. “As a scientist, Elliott has
consistently and steadfastly worked to assure and improve the protection
of individuals from noise-induced hearing loss. His body of work is
truly extraordinary, widely recognized as such, and of positive and
lasting quality. No one in our profession is more deserving of NHCA’s
Lifetime Achievement Award than Elliott.”
In his role as an acoustical engineer and researcher, Berger developed
the E-A-RCAL acoustical laboratory at 3M and with E-A-R and Aearo
Technologies, and has helped direct the industry’s approach to the
prevention of hearing loss due to occupational and environmental noise.
Berger was instrumental in the launch of hearing
conservation seminars to help industrial hygienists, health and
safety personnel, nurses, audiologists, consultants, engineers and
medical staff better understand the mechanics of hearing, how noise
levels are measured, and how to properly protect workers from hazardous
noise. Berger has conducted the hearing seminars for more than 30 years
and believes there has been improvement in the number of people wearing
“Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable, and I am honored to be in a
position to help people understand the risks of excessive noise and wear
the appropriate hearing protection – at work and at home – to preserve
their quality of life,” said Berger.
Berger is a respected author and editor of hearing conservation-related
books, book chapters, peer-reviewed papers, and articles, and is
well-known through hundreds of national and international presentations.
As chair of the ANSI Working Group on hearing protectors, Berger has
labored tirelessly since 1985 to establish relevant standards that
support hearing conservation efforts. He is a past president of NHCA and
currently serves as NHCA’s historian.
Berger’s acceptance of the Lifetime Achievement Award will take place at
an awards ceremony during the NHCA’s 38th Annual Conference, held Feb.
21 to 23 in St. Petersburg.
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About 3M Personal Safety Division
3M offers a comprehensive,
diverse portfolio of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) solutions
providing respiratory protection, hearing protection, fall protection,
reflective materials for high visibility apparel, protective clothing,
protective eyewear, head and face protection, welding helmets, and other
adjacent products and solutions such as tactical safety equipment,
detection, monitoring equipment, active communications equipment and
compliance management. In 2012, 3M celebrated 40 years of
occupational health & safety leadership – recognizing the company’s
respiratory and hearing protection solutions introduced in 1972. Visit www.3M.com/PPESafety
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