Hearing Protection Information
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Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies offers a comprehensive range of hearing protection for a wide range of applications from disposable ear plugs to hi-tech electronic ear muffs.All the hearing products we offer are designed to provide comfort, protection and ease of use.
Excessive Noise and Hearing Loss....
The loss of hearing is a gradual process. Excessive levels of noise can damage the sensory ‘hair’ cells in our ears over a long period of time. Damage to these cells results in a loss of our ability to hear certain sounds. Hearing loss caused by exposure to noise at work continues to be a significant occupational illness. Recent research estimates 170,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus and other ear conditions due to exposure to excessive noise at work (source: www.hse.gov.uk).
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 states employers must provide suitable hearing protection where noise exceeds 80 db(A). Continued exposure to noise above this level could cause permanent damage to hearing. If the level is above 85 db(A) the wearing of hearing protection is mandatory. There is also a maximum level of 87db(A) which must not be exceeded even when wearing hearing protection. Many employees not affected under previous legislation will now have to be considered. For example, people working in light industry, utility workers, bar staff and public service employees may now be exposed and must be provided with adequate protection.
Simplified Noise Level Reduction is an easy means of comparing different hearing protectors. The SNR data supplied by the manufacturer is an easy means of comparing different earmuffs and earplugs.For example the SNR is deducted from the overall sound level to calculate the sound pressure level at the ear when wearing the hearing protector. Please note that at different frequencies the SNR does not reduce the attenuation by the SNR number.
Method of estimating the attenuation of hearing protection based on 3 parameters.
The terms refer to the noise reduction of the chosen hearing protector.
|EN 352/1||Earmuff / Headband|
|EN 352/3||Earmuffs attached to helmet|
|EN 352/4||Electronic earmuffs|
|EN 352/5||Active noise reduction earmuffs|
|EN 352/6||Ear-muffs with electrical audio input|
|EN 352/7||Level-dependent ear-plugs|
Typical Noise Sources
|Aircraft jet engine||140dBA|
|Gun shot, riveting hammer||130dBA|
|Chainsaw, aircraft propeller||120dBA|
|Nail gun, blasting, rock drill||110dBA|
|Risk area – Hearing Protection Mandatory|
|Machine shop, welding/fabrication shop||100dBA|
|Drilling concrete, heavy goods vehicle sandblasting||90dBA|
|Busy traffic, loud radio, vacuum cleaner||80dBA|
|Normal office conversation||60dBA|