Hearing Protection - Steps to Selection & Use

Hearing Protection - Steps to Selection & Use

The selection of hearing protection has a basic four-step method:

Identify - Measure and record the potential noise hazard

Assess - The hazards and associated health risks should be assessed as well as other required protective equipment to ensure compatibility

Select - The proper hearing protection suitable for the hazard should be selected This is made easy using the EN 352 noise reduction ratings

Training - Training is a very important step to optimise hearing protection by ensuring the operator is proficient in the use and limitations of his/her hearing protector

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Hearing Loss

Hearing loss, caused by exposure to noise at work, continues to be a significant occupational illness despite the improvements made for comfort and attenuation Hearing protection can play a vital part in avoiding occupational hearing loss Comfort and ease of use play a role as economical, practical noise protection that conforms to the local legislation is the priority Hearing loss can be gradual because of exposure to noise over time, but damage can be caused suddenly by extremely loud noises The damage is disabling as it can stop people being able to understand speech, keep up with conversations or it may develop into tinnitus (ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming in the ears), a distressing condition which can lead to disturbed sleep.

 

Exposure & Protection

Here is a rule of thumb, If you must shout to be understood over the background noise when standing about 1 meter away from somebody, that background noise is hazardous Using EN352 Hearing protectors - Safety requirements and testing these problems can be easily prevented Protection is required if the noise is over 85dB Below 75dB is `non-hazardous

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