The importance of durable hearing protection
The importance of durable hearing protection.
Did you know that hearing damage as a result of noise is one of the most common occupational diseases in the Netherlands? This can be prevented by simply wearing the right hearing protection. When working in a noisy environment, hearing protection is essential. The use of hearing protection is determined by law at a limit value of 85 dB(a) and above. Hearing protection is of enormous importance in preventing hearing damage and providing lasting protection for the ears. Once hearing damage has been caused, it often cannot be reversed. Therefore, make sure that you protect your ears properly against noise. When do you choose earplugs or when do you choose ear muffs? That depends entirely on the situation.
40% of the employees wear incorrectly chosen PPE. This can lead to hearing damage. Choosing the right type of hearing protection and using it correctly is essential in order to provide the necessary protection. Since 2016, harmful noise has been officially recognised as an irreversible health risk with the new PPE regulation. This places hearing protection in the same high risk category (3) as respiratory protection and fall protection.*
Sustainable hearing protection solutions
Sustainability is also an important aspect today. We are all familiar with the disposable earplugs that are thrown away after one use. However, there are also sustainable alternatives to hearing protection. Consider, for example, the Flexible Fit earplugs from 3M. These earplugs are made from a durable material and can last up to 2 weeks. This is not only a win-win situation for the cost per use, but also for the environment and the sustainable protection of your ears. The reusable E-A-R Ultrafit earplugs are also a good alternative because you can use them several times and thus reduce waste.
Sustainability can also be looked at from a multi-purpose perspective or the life span of a product. For example, a communication headset can be used both as a means of communication and as hearing protection. Curious about other sustainable alternatives to hearing protection? Then consider looking at a hearing protection cap. Depending on your work situation, earplugs can be completely unnecessary when using the right hearing protection. Not every situation lends itself to the use of ear muffs and there are many different types of ear muffs available. For example, there are ear muffs that protect your ears but have an environmental awareness function. You should therefore seek proper advice as to which type of hearing protection best suits your needs and work situation.
3M Peltor Protac III Slim
3M E-A-R Flexible Fit Earplus
3M Peltor X4A
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