Plenty of protective equipment safety procedures are in place to protect workers in such environments. But what about the most serious dangers that you can’t even see, like high noise levels?
Places of work featuring heavy machinery, engines or building work, routinely feature noise levels of 100 dB and higher. If you or your workers use tools like chain saws, leaf blowers, pneumatic drills, or work in close proximity to sirens, airplanes or artillery fire, extended exposure can cause permanent hearing loss. So it’s vital that workers have adequate hearing protection against high noise levels throughout their shifts.
Comfort boosts compliance
After being supplied with hearing protection, many workers still choose not to wear it correctly, or even not at all, making compliance a key area in terms of protecting the health and safety of workers.
But why is hearing protection compliance an issue, given the obvious benefits of protection? Well for one thing, protective ear muffs aren’t always that comfortable to wear, especially for an entire day. Some ear protectors can be oversized, clunky, unsightly, or not offer the necessary functionality to be truly effective. Regular exposure to extreme levels of noise for even minutes can result in permanent hearing damage, so having ear protection that can be worn all day is vital for workers.
Slim, lightweight hearing protection
We want to reduce the number of cases of noise-induced hearing loss in the workplace through innovative and simple solutions. That’s why we created 3M™ PELTOR™ X4 Ear Defenders.
Traditionally, choosing higher attenuating ear muffs meant putting up with large, bulky cups, but not anymore. From one of the most trusted names in safety equipment, 3M PELTOR X4 Ear Defenders can attenuate sound by as much as 33dB, Providing slim, lightweight and dependable protection against extreme noise levels they fit well with other personal safety equipment, and they’re comfortable to wear, making them ideal for use from job to job, day in and day out.