If you’re exposed to noise levels higher than 85 decibels as part of your work, then your employer will need to provide you with ear defenders to protect your hearing. As part of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations of 2005, your employer needs to regularly assess the levels of noise in your workplace. In either an internal or external work environment, if you’re exposed to noise emanating from loud machinery, traffic or music for example, then your hearing could be at risk unless you’re wearing quality ear defenders to protect you.
Ear defenders can come in the form of ear plugs, ear muffs or even ear pods, all of which aim to safeguard your hearing. It’s important to remember that the higher the decibel level you’re exposed to, the shorter the amount of time it will take to cause long-lasting damage to your hearing. Effective ear defenders will create a seal to prevent noise ‘leaking’ inside the ear canal and this action can cancel out approximately 10dB of noise, allowing you to carry out your daily tasks without worrying about your health. Your choice of ear defenders is often dependent on whether you need to wear any other personal protective equipment as part of your job. If you wear safety glasses or a helmet, then you might prefer to opt for ear plugs which sit inside the ear. Alternatively, if you have nothing else on your head, you can choose ear muffs which will form a protective seal around the outside of the ear canal.
PPE Supplies Direct stocks a comprehensive range of ear defenders, including a high-visibility option if you need to add an extra level of protection. If you have any queries about our product range, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly customer service team today.Read More ...