Brad Witt 06/23/2013

In recent years, fit-testing of hearing protectors has become available from several manufacturers.  Similar to a qualitative respirator fit-test, an earplug fit-test assesses the actual protectors worn by the workers in the field.

Brad Witt 06/16/2013

In addition to the fact that the Noise Reduction Ratings (NRR), defined in EPA regulation, are simply population estimates, there are numerous other reasons behind the “lab versus worksite” gap, firmly rooted in the world of real human behavior.

They include:

Brad Witt 06/09/2013

At the heart of worker protection in any project is ongoing monitoring of the hazards.  Guesstimates of hazardous exposures, or conjecture about the effectiveness of protective equipment, are simply not acceptable in industry.

HearForever 04/15/2013

Safety professionals seek emerging technologies that can streamline hazard mitigation and enhance worker efficiency not only with personal protective equipment but also their job tasks. In occupational Hearing Conservation, we see this through the adoption of earplug fit testing to validate each worker’s selection and training on the use of earplugs.

HearForever 05/13/2013

 A series of free HearForever® by Howard Leight seminars to improve employer hearing conservation programs and prevent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) on the worksite are scheduled for June in the Marcellus Shale Regions of Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

HearForever 05/12/2013

When a helicopter lands on an offshore platform, the noise level is so extreme that the number of landings per day is sometimes limited. With landings reaching upwards of 115 decibels, dual protection is not enough to protect these workers.

HearForever 04/29/2013

In observations, we have all seen a worker wearing a communication headset with one earcup on one ear, and one off of the other. Why? Because they could not hear their surrounding environment or communicate with their co-workers, losing situational awareness – such as that helicopter behind them on the helideck or the mine alarm sounding – putting them and their co-workers at a higher risk of accident. With one ear consistently exposed to hazardous noise, that worker is at a high risk for noise-induced hearing loss.

HearForever 04/22/2013

Most communication headsets are designed for use in constant noise levels and only offer passive protection. Most do not adapt to changing noise level (eg. intermittent or impact noise). Many workers who wear communication headsets are mobile and are exposed to a wide range of noise during their work day.

HearForever 05/06/2013

Some intelligent hearing protectors incorporate in-ear dosimetry to continuously monitor the personal sound exposure a worker experiences during the course of the work day, whether from protected or unprotected exposures, or from in-ear radio communications. This real-time feedback identifies if the worker is safely protected, approaching their prescribed permissible exposure limit, or have been overexposed and are at higher risk for noise-induced hearing loss.