National Hearing Conservation Association Recognizes Laurie Wells, Au.D., With Prestigious Michael Beall Threadgill Award

March 19, 2012

 Laurie Wells, Au.D., Manager of Audiology for Associates in Acoustics, Inc., received the Michael Beall Threadgill Award during a ceremony at the annual conference of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA). This award, established in 1985, recognizes an individual whose committed leadership and insight has furthered the NHCA’s mission of preventing hearing loss from environmental factors in all sectors of society.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Wells has been strong proponent of hearing conservation, both within and beyond the NHCA. Dr. Wells has represented the American Academy of Audiology on the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) since 2007; currently, she is the Vice-Chair of Education for CAOHC. She has provided occupational audiology services to local employers while employed at the University of Northern Colorado Speech-Pathology and Audiology Clinic. Her efforts are by no means confined to the United States: she has provided hearing conservation education and implementation in Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, India, Spain and the West Indies.

In 1999, Dr. Wells accepted the role of Secretary on the NHCA Executive Council; she remained on the council for the next seven years, serving as Vice-President, President-Elect, President, and finally Past President in 2007. During this time she planned and participated in multiple NHCA Excellence Seminars, acted as Program Chair for two consecutive conferences, contributed to and served as Associate Editor for the NHCA Spectrum, and served on multiple task forces within NHCA.

 “Dr. Wells has selflessly donated her time and energy to our organization, and to the cause of hearing loss prevention. She exemplifies the ideals of the NHCA with her dedication,” said Laura Kauth, NHCA President and Chair of the Nominations Task Force.

Dr. Wells was also recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Lecturer for her thought-provoking presentation at the 2011 conference, titled “From Here to There to Hear”.

About the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)

The mission of the NHCA is to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society. NHCA provides networking, resources and professional development opportunities to improve skills, practices, and services in hearing loss prevention. NHCA’s membership includes audiologists, researchers, industrial hygienists, educators, professional service organizations, safety professionals, medical professionals, engineers, audio professionals, students, and others who have dedicated their work to the advancement of hearing loss prevention. For more information about the National Hearing Conservation Association, visit the NHCA online at or call 1-303-224-9022. Follow the NHCA on Twitter, on Facebook, and on LinkedIn.

2012 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo: Come see us!

March 11, 2012
Indiana safety conference

This years 2012 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo includes diverse educational tracks, national speakers and the most current safety and health industry information will be highlighted at the Conference, March 12-14, 2012: 7:00AM – 5:00PM, being held at the Indianapolis Marriott East. Indy Car driver Davey Hamilton and Mike King, voice of the IMS Radio Network, will set the pace for a great conference!

About the 2012 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo

The three-day event draws over 70 exhibitors and offers more than 50 courses with a variety of education tracks. Among them: construction safety; occupational health, industrial hygiene; worker’s compensation and ergonomic safety; safety management practices; and safety fundamentals. Course information is designed to benefit safety managers/directors, industrial hygienists, contractors, plant managers, safety engineers, human resources managers, maintenance supervisors and other related personnel.

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Join Custom Protect Ear at the 2012 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo on March 12-14, 2012 at the Indianapolis Marriott East.

Who Should Attend:
•    Safety Managers/Directors
•    Industrial Hygienists
•    Occupational Health Nurses or Practitioners
•    Contractors
•    Construction Managers
•    Safety Committee Members
•    Safety Consultants
•    Plant Managers
•    Loss Control/Risk Managers
•    Facility Building Managers
•    Safety Engineers
•    Maintenance Supervisors
•    Personnel and HR Managers

Here’s what people had to say about the Indiana Safety & Health Expo and Conference:

I really enjoyed the conference. I can’t wait to get back to work and put some of the things I’ve learned to practice.” – Craig Koenig, Koch Development (Holiday World)

I had a great time meeting other peers and sharing ideas! I gained beneficial knowledge I can take back to my employees. And the participating vendors were great assets regarding the latest products and technology available to improve safety for each of our industries.” – Tim Roberts, Farbest Foods, Inc.

This conference was very good, and I would attend again. It provided a lot of information I can use in daily work functions.” – Cristine McKinley, Caterpillar

“I loved the expo. There was a huge variety of vendors. I learned a lot in the sessions.” – Dawn Query, Crown Equipment

“I’m very pleased with the top notch speakers and quality of safety information. I’m pleased with the information to take back to our company and share with our employees.” – Karmen L. Glaspy, Corporate Safety and Training Manager, Syndicate Sales, Inc.

“The seminars were among the best I had ever seen or sat through!” – Debbie Peetz, Acuity Brands Lighting
“This conference is very informative and a great opportunity to meet with other safety professionals.” – Wayne Orcutt, INDOT

Here is a preview from 2010.

Custom Protect Ear will be at the Cascade Occupational Safety & Health Conference

March 5, 2012

Custom Protect Ear will be attending  two-day conference March 6-7, 2012, in Eugene that will showcase the latest workplace safety and health information.Workers and employers are also invited to attend.

About the Cascade Occupational Safety & Health ConferenceWORPLACE SAFETY

The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) is one of several partners presenting the Cascade Occupational Safety and Health Conference at Eugene’s Valley River Inn, located at 1000 Valley River Way. The event is built around the theme, “By choice, not chance – don’t gamble with safety,” and will highlight training to improve on-the-job safety performance.

On March 6, keynote speaker Todd Conklin will present, “Preventing Human Errors: What’s Stopping Us!” – a look at what’s behind human performance and why the perception of human error needs to change. Conklin is a senior adviser to the associate director at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and earned excellent reviews following a presentation at the Pendleton safety conference in 2011. Attendees remarked, “One of the best speakers I’ve ever heard” and “thought provoking.”

Conference attendees can also take advantage of a networking session and workshops focused on hazard identification, safety leadership, and risk management theory and best practices.

Other topics include:

• Emergency preparedness
• Fleet safety
• Safety committee improvement

About the Oregon OSHA

We’re dedicated to improving workplace safety and health in Oregon and committed to working with labor, business, and other government agencies to accomplish that goal. We do that in the following ways.

We hope to see you there!  ~ Custom Protect Ear