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Safety Ear Defenders

PPE Ear Defenders

Ear safety and protection against excessive noise is extremely important when it comes to deciding on the best PPE for your workplace environment.

 

Without using PPE such as safety ear defenders, employees could suffer from:

 

  • Temporary or Permanent Hearing Damage

  • Complete Hearing Loss

 

Damage to employee hearing can extend risks within your organisation. They may struggle to hear simple instructions or fail to notice when a fire alarm is sounding.

 

Although sudden, high decibel noises can cause severe damage to hearing, it’s important to understand that hearing damage can also worsen over time with constant exposure to loud noise (over 85 decibels).

 

It’s a common misconception that only sudden noises can cause hearing damage. But it can also happen over time with continuous exposure to loud (85+) decibels.

 

Ear safety is a must. Without using PPE, employees could suffer permanent damage, and even complete hearing loss.

  

Fortunately, we’ve a range of hearing protection that meets the following requirements:

 

  • EN352 –1 (Earmuffs)

  • EN352 –2 (Earplugs)

  • EN352 –3 (Earmuffs attached to safety helmets), 2002

Work Ear Defenders

 

The type of work ear defenders will depend on the work that’s being carried out and the noise levels involved.

  

The Single Number Rating (SNR) of the article determines the protection level afforded, making it easier to compare different options.

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Features

When deciding on the best ear defenders for your specific requirements, consider:

 

Level of Protection

Avoid ‘overprotecting’ employees from noise. When decibels drop to below 70, a worker can feel isolated from all sound. They then have the tendency to remove the PPE to hear what’s going on around them.

 

Design

Some ear defenders are secured using a headband while others can be clipped onto hard hats.

 

Material

While they should be durable, the cushioned cups must be breathable to stop heat and humidity building up inside.

 

Weight and Size

The cups should fully cover the ear whilst still being comfortable.

key sectors

Key sectors where safety ear defenders are most widely used include:

 

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