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HearForever 09/05/2013

Noise-induced hearing loss might well be the world’s most common, and preventable, occupational injury. Hearing conservation experts from Honeywell will host free hearing conservation seminars in two cities in British Columbia, Canada— Prince George on Sept. 30 and Kamloops on Oct.

HearForever 08/20/2013
Noise-induced hearing loss might well be the world’s most common, and preventable, occupational injury. Hearing conservation experts from Honeywell (NYSE: HON) will host free hearing conservation seminars in Fairbanks and Anchorage, Sept. 16 and Sept.
HearForever 08/07/2013
Noise-induced hearing loss might well be the world’s most prevalent occupational injury. But this fall, hearing conservation experts from Honeywell will host a series of free seminars to show how, with the proper education, motivation, and protection, it can also be 100% preventable.
Brad Witt 07/15/2013

Advancements in hearing protector fit-testing technology are now allowing safety managers and workers to more easily and accurately measure hearing protector effectiveness — and further bridge that “lab versus real world” gap between the published NRR and the actual use.

 

Brad Witt 06/30/2013

In recent posts, we've been discussing the role of hearing protector fit testing in hearing consevation programs and addressing the issues related to NRRs. We noted that fit-testing provides a formal metric from which one can determine whether employees are receiving optimal protection for their noise environment.

Brad Witt 07/07/2013

The value of fit-testing in helping wearers of hearing protectors close the gap between their real-world experience and their desired NRR was made evident in a field attenuation study conducted by the Howard Leight® Acoustical Laboratory. In the study, the real-world attenuation of earplugs worn by 100 noise-exposed workers at eight different noisy companies was measured.

Brad Witt 06/23/2013

In recent years, fit-testing of hearing protectors has become available from several manufacturers.  Similar to a qualitative respirator fit-test, an earplug fit-test assesses the actual protectors worn by the workers in the field.

Brad Witt 06/16/2013

In addition to the fact that the Noise Reduction Ratings (NRR), defined in EPA regulation, are simply population estimates, there are numerous other reasons behind the “lab versus worksite” gap, firmly rooted in the world of real human behavior.

They include:

Brad Witt 06/09/2013

At the heart of worker protection in any project is ongoing monitoring of the hazards.  Guesstimates of hazardous exposures, or conjecture about the effectiveness of protective equipment, are simply not acceptable in industry.

HearForever 04/15/2013

Safety professionals seek emerging technologies that can streamline hazard mitigation and enhance worker efficiency not only with personal protective equipment but also their job tasks. In occupational Hearing Conservation, we see this through the adoption of earplug fit testing to validate each worker’s selection and training on the use of earplugs.