Fun Facts: Hearing Protection

Here are 10 fun facts about hearing and hearing protection to emphasise the importance of such PPE.

  1. What is a decibel (dB)? This is the unit used to measure the intensity of a sound.
  2. How loud is too loud? 85dB and above is the level at which noise becomes unsafe without the use of hearing protection.
  3. What is Tinnitus? The sensation of noises that have no external source. The most common cause is exposure to loud noises.
  4. About 1 in 3 people will experience tinnitus at some point in their lives.
  5. Cutting out too much noise can also cause issues. It can cause isolation or lead to an unwillingness to wear protection.
  6. Noise can create stress and can be a safety hazard at work.
  7. The best and most obvious way of reducing exposure is by controlling the noise at the source.
  8. The main types of hearing protection: Earmuffs, which completely cover the ear Earplugs, which are inserted in the ear Semi-inserts (canal caps) cover the entrance to the ear canal
  9. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 replaced the Noise at Work Regulations 1989.
  10. The level at which employers must provide hearing protection is 85 decibels and the risk must be assessed at 80 decibels.

Examples of sound levels and maximum exposure times.

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