3M Scientist Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Hearing Conservation
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- February 4, 2013
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 hearing protection.
“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 or
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