Q&A: What should be of the utmost importance to people when it comes to hearing protection safety?

Q&A: What should be of the utmost importance to people when it comes to hearing protection safety?

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There are a few things that everyone should take into consideration when using hearing protectors in hazardous noise environments at work and at home:

 
  • Achieve Optimal Protection – We’ve learned over the years that the current NRR is “not really relevant” through the data provided by earplug fit testing. What is relevant is matching a user’s Personal Attenuation Rating to their daily noise exposures, and making sure that they are not over- or underprotected on the job. This not only ensures proper protection from noise, but also does not put them at risk of other hazards.
 
  • Proper Fit Equals Comfort – The key to a proper fit is enough in-ear comfort for each worker. What feels comfortable for Steve may be uncomfortable for Susan. We advocate that companies offer a variety of earplug and earmuff models that not only suit the range of noise levels, but also the ease-of-fit and in-ear comfort for workers.
 
  1. Responsibility – More than anything, the individual worker is ultimately responsible for their own hearing protection and conservation. Safety managers and other professionals can provide the best training, the best equipment, and the best support. But if a worker doesn’t take that minute to insert their earplugs properly or don their earmuffs when exposed to hazardous noise, the Hearing Conservation Program fails.
Blog Author:  HearForever  
Blog Catagories:  Hearing Protection  Fit Testing  

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