Moldex’s EcoStation dispensers provide noise reduction (NRR 33) earplugs that can be taken without touching the dispenser, ensuring no contamination and a realizing significant reduction in waste. The dispensing system ensures that you provide your employees with the right amount of ear protection at arm’s reach.
Importance of Hearing Protection:
- Prevention of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL): Constant exposure to loud noise can lead to NIHL, a type of hearing impairment resulting from exposure to loud sounds over extended periods or from a one-time exposure to an intense “impulse” sound.
- Improves Focus and Productivity: By blocking out background noise, earplugs can help workers concentrate better and stay productive.
- Prevention of Other Health Issues: Prolonged exposure to loud noise can also lead to stress, high blood pressure, sleep problems, and more.
Choosing the Right Hearing Protection:
- Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): NRR indicates the level of sound that the ear protection device can reduce. An NRR of 33dB, like SparkPlugs and Softies, is considered very high, offering excellent protection against loud noises.
- Comfort: Ensure that the earplugs are comfortable, especially if they need to be worn for extended periods.
- Type of Environment: The choice of ear protection can vary depending on the environment. For instance, construction sites might have different requirements than a music concert.
How to Properly Fit Earplugs:
1. Clean Your Hands:
Ensure your hands are clean to avoid introducing any dirt or contaminants into your ear canal.
2. Roll the Earplug:
Take an earplug and roll it into a thin, cylinder-like shape using your fingers. This makes it easier to insert.
3. Pull Your Ear:
With your opposite hand, reach over your head and pull your ear gently upwards. This straightens the ear canal, making it easier to insert the earplug.
4. Insert the Earplug:
Gently insert the rolled earplug into your ear. It should fit snugly without any discomfort.
5. Wait for Expansion:
Once inside, the earplug will expand to fill the ear canal and create a secure seal. This might take a few seconds to a minute.
6. Check the Fit:
To check the fit, you can try speaking or having someone speak to you. Voices should sound muffled if the earplug is fitted correctly.
Remember, the main goal is to achieve a snug fit without causing discomfort. If you feel any pain or discomfort, the earplugs might not be the right size or they might not be inserted correctly.
Proper hearing protection not only ensures compliance with regulations but also safeguards the health and well-being of employees. It’s a small investment that pays off greatly in the long run. If you’re unsure about which hearing protection is suitable for your workplace or how to properly use it, consider seeking expertise from professionals like Arbill’s EH&S Industrial Hygienists. Their site assessment can provide specific recommendations tailored to your needs.
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