In an effort to bring the Noise Reduction Ratings (NRR) of hearing protection devices more in line with real-world usage, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announce a proposed new regulation for the labeling of hearing protection devices (HPD). Read More.
While implementing an OSHA-approved Hearing Conservation Program may appear complicated, it is not as daunting as it seems. There are a number of “best practices” safety managers can employ that not only help ensure compliance with regulations, but also promote positive employee hearing safety.
While there are several factors that should be considered in the selection of hearing protectors, the European standard offers “HML” values as an effective determinant of protection by High, Medium and Low frequencies of noise. This guide provides you with insights and tactics to select appropriate earplugs and earmuffs for your employees based on HML attenuation values. While there are several factors that should be considered in the selection of hearing protectors, including comfort, convenience and communication, the HML Method is an effective determinant of protection by High, Medium and Low frequencies of noise.
While noise-induced hearing loss is permanent and irreversible, it is completely preventable. The new European Union Directive 2003/10/EC, which goes into effect on 15 February 2006, aims to prevent worker exposure to harmful noise, while promoting a healthier and more productive workforce. This brochure highlights the changes in the hearing Directive, providing an outline of the new action levels, answers to common questions and a glossary of basic terms related to the Directive.