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Corded / Banded Ear Plugs
Equipping your team with disposable ear protection is crucial to adhere to the safety standards that are expected of you as an employer. In fact, disposable ear protection such as corded ear plugs, is just one of many pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that ensure your team’s wellbeing.
Here, at Protec Direct, we stock the highest quality branded hearing protection and the highest rated ear plugs from leading suppliers, such as Peltor, Honeywell and Uvex ear plugs. Unlike other forms of ear protection, ear buds sit within the ear canal, which can offer greater protection from extreme levels of noise.
There are a number of working environments that require noise reduction ear plugs, such as airports and construction sites. Below, we guide you through the best noise reduction earplugs we offer. We’ll suggest how they can sustain the wellbeing of your team, and uphold legal safety requirements.
The range of corded and banded ear plugs available from Protec Direct
We offer a full scope of corded ear plugs for noise reduction. So, whether you work in engineering, food production or plumbing, we have the protective equipment to help you care for your employees.
Ear protection and the law
Based on the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, employers are expected to provide sound cancelling ear plugs for all employees if they’re in an environment with 85 decibels (dB) of daily or weekly exposure. If you’re unsure about the level of volume in your workplace, use the HSE noise exposure calculator to find out how much noise your workplace generates.
Employees must also be fully trained on how to use their ear protection correctly and safely, and know when it must be worn. Hearing Protection Zones in the workplace should also be clearly identified, wherein the use of banded hearing protection is absolutely necessary to avoid injury.
How do I choose the best ear protection?
There are a number of considerations to make when buying the right ear plugs for your workplace. These are as follows:
- Ensure that the ear protection you have chosen will reduce noise to below 85dB to guarantee the individual’s safety. For example, the UVEX Whisper Corded Ear plugs can be used for noise levels up to 100dB.
- • For a working environment that’s physically demanding, with a lot of manual labour being undertaken, then opt for banded earplugs that are stable yet lightweight. The UVEX X-Cap plugs have a secure band, and are ergonomically designed to make positioning easier.
- If the workspace generates dust and debris then a No-Touch pair of earplugs is recommended. These would also suit those wearing protective gloves at work, for example in construction, as the stems make insertion easier. Opting for a hygiene-conscious pair can reduce the chances of ear infection. In this case, the 3M Corded Ear Plugs would also be a good choice, as their dirt-resistant surface provides better hygiene and durability.
- If your employees have to work in low visibility areas, in overnight road construction for example, then highly visible ear plugs lower the risk of loss, as well as ensure compliance checks are much easier. Here at Protec Direct, we offer the Laserlite Corded Earplug LL-30E in magenta and yellow, which is perfectly designed for low visibility workspaces.
- If the employee is not within a Hearing Protection Zone, and the need for hearing protection is intermittent, then we suggest plugs that are easy to put on and take off. For example, the 3M Banded Ear plugs are often provided to factory visitors, due to their disposability and convenience.
Browse our complete selection of reusable corded ear plugs for sale below, and don’t forget to take advantage of our free next day delivery, available to all customers who spend over £25. For any further queries, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.
Disposable Ear Plugs
Disposable hearing protection is an essential item of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is necessary to adhere to the safety standards expected of you as an employer and care for your employees’ wellbeing.Here at Protec Direct, we stock the highest quality commercial ear plugs, from leading brands such as Peltor, Honeywell and Uvex. There are a number of working environments that require effective disposable ear protection, such as motoring and engineering. Below, we guide you through the best ear protection we offer, and how they can serve to protect your team and uphold legal safety requirements.
The range of disposable ear plugs available from Protec Direct
From 3M Classic Ear Plugs to Moldex Ear Plugs, we offer a full scope of disposable foam hearing protection at Protec Direct. Whatever the working environment, whether construction or food production, we supply the leading brands in PPE to ensure the safety of your team. We’re proud to assure you that all Protec Direct hearing protection meets the appropriate British and European legislation requirements.
Ear protection and the law
Based on the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, employers are required to provide sound cancelling ear plugs for all employees if they’re in an environment with 85 decibels (dB) of daily or weekly exposure. If you’re unsure about the level of volume in your workplace, use the HSE noise exposure calculator to find out how much noise your workplace generates.
Employees must also be fully trained in how to use their ear protection correctly and safely, and know when it must be worn throughout their working day. It is also required that Hearing Protection Zones in the workplace are clearly marked and identified.
How do I choose the best ear protection?
There are a number of considerations to make when buying the right ear plugs for your workplace. These are as follows:
- Ensure that the ear protection you have chosen will reduce noise to below 85dB to guarantee the individual’s safety.
- Consider the working environment, including how regularly the protection will need to be worn. For example, if worn for a long duration, disposable foam ear plugs are recommended. Products like the Moldex 7700 Purafit Foam Ear Plugs have a tapered design and extended length, meaning comprehensive protection that doesn’t sacrifice the wearer’s comfort.
- Think about the other PPE the employee will be wearing. For example, those working near large machinery will also be wearing hard hats or helmets, so cordless ear plugs such as the Uvex Ear Plugs would work well.
- It’s advised to take into account the hygiene of the area. If your employees work somewhere that’s often dirty, the dirt resistant surface of the 3M 1100 Ear Plugs will prove useful.
Browse our complete selection of disposable ear plugs for sale below, and don’t forget to take advantage of our free next day delivery, available to all customers who spend over £25. For any further queries, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.
Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders
Here at Protec Direct, we offer the best quality helmet mounted ear defenders from leading brands such as Peltor and Centurion in order to keep your workforces protected.
Equipping your team with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential. Stocking up on PPE for your workforce doesn’t just uphold legal safety requirements, but is also fundamental to securing the safety and well-being of your team.
There’s a wide range of workplaces that require the provision of PPE, from construction sites to airports. Below, you’ll find the best ear protection we offer and how it can both protect workers from injury, and adhere to legal safety requirements.
The range of helmet mounted ear defenders available from Protec Direct
We’re proud to say that all Protec Direct equipment meets the necessary British and European legislation requirements. This means that we can support you, as an employer, with your moral and legal obligations to take care of your team. We only offer high-quality, durable brands such as Scott Safety, Centurion and Peltor 3M helmet mounted ear muffs; for workers that are required to wear a hard hat with ear protection.
Ear protection and the law
As of 2005, the Control of Noise at Work Regulations require that employers supply their staff with sound cancelling ear protection if they’re in an environment with 85 decibels (Db) of daily or weekly exposure. For those of you who may be unsure about the exact sound level of your workspace, you can use the HSE noise exposure calculator to see if you need to invest in hearing protection.
How do I choose the best ear protection?
Before choosing helmet mounted ear protection, it’s important to ensure you’re getting the right care for your team. There are a series of factors to consider, including:
- The ear protection must be able to reduce the noise to below 85Db.
- If the wearer is exposed to particularly extreme levels of noise in close range, they require stronger protection. The Z3IHME Zone 3 Helmet Mounted Earmuffs from Scott Safety can defend wearers from extreme noise level environments; such as when using pneumatic tools, or concrete drilling.
- If it’s necessary that the worker remains aware of their surroundings, and they work in low to medium noise level environments, then Zone 1 Mounted Earmuffs are recommended. This is suitable for DIY workers, or those working in food processing industries, as these earmuffs provide lightweight defence without over protecting.
- If it’s likely the member of staff will have to wear the ear muffs for an extended period of time, then factoring in pressure and comfort is important. In this case, the 3M Peltor Optime Helmet Attachment offers versatile coverage of noise levels, as well as foam-filled sealing rings for maximum comfort and low pressure.
Browse our full range of helmet mounted ear defenders below, and enjoy free next day delivery when you spend £25. For any further queries, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.
Ear Plug Dispensers & Refills
Here at Protec Direct, we offer the highest quality ear plug refills and dispensers from leading brands such as Honeywell and 3M, in order to keep your team protected.
Having the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a legal obligation you need to meet to protect your workforce, and ensure your business is a safe place to work. So whether you work in construction, engineering, agriculture or elsewhere, we have the equipment you need to keep your team safe and productive.
The range of ear plug dispensers and refills available from Protec Direct
We know how important it is that PPE is readily accessible to your workforce at all times. This is why we only stock ear plug dispensers and refills of the highest quality. We’re proud to assure each of our customers that all the products we sell meet the necessary British and European legislation requirements.
Ear protection and the law
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) stipulate that employers must supply their workforce with sound cancelling ear protection for environments with 85 decibels (dB) of daily or weekly noise exposure. If you’re not sure if your workplace exceeds 85dB, you can use the HSE noise exposure calculator to identify your hearing protection needs.
How do I choose the best refills and dispensers?
It’s crucial that you’re stocked with the best ear protection to suit your workforce’s needs. When choosing the right ear plug refills and dispensers, there are a number a factors to take into consideration, including:
- All ear protection you supply to your team must be able to reduce the noise to below 85dB.
- If ear protection is required outdoors, then you may require an ear plug wall mount dispenser that can withstand extreme weather conditions and repeated use. The 3M Ear Plug Dispenser is built to last, and accurately dispenses one ear plug at a time. Opt for a 3M ear plug refill bottle with 500 foam ear plugs when you purchase this dispenser to provide durable protection that’s both effective and easily accessible.
- Consider your company’s tolerance for packing waste. For those with a low tolerance, it’s best to opt for a dispenser with special packaging options such as this Laserlite Dispenser Refill from Honeywell. This refill also comes with low-pressure, highly visible ear plugs that make compliance checks easy.
Browse our full range of ear plug dispensers and refills below, and take advantage of our free delivery when you spend £25. For any further queries, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team who will be more than happy to help.
3M Disposable Workwear
Disposable overalls and plastic coveralls from Protec Direct. These disposable coveralls (or disposable jumpsuits) will protect your clothing in a range of environments. We stock a number of different colours including red, blue and white as well as disposable coveralls for men and women. We stock disposable coveralls from brands such as 3M, DuPont and our own Exclusive Brand range, which provides outstanding value for money. Also available are flame retardant, breathable, hooded and chemical disposal overalls. Buy disposable coveralls in bulk and get free next day delivery with orders over £25.
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Disposable FFP2 Dust Masks
If you are looking for FFP2 disposable respirators then you have come to the right place, as here at Protec we stock of a great selection which includes top brands like 3M, Respair, Moldex and Draeger. These masks are vital in helping to keep workers safe when there are harmful particles in the air, and it is actually the law for employers to provide them in some instances. Browse the complete range of FFP2 masks below, or read on to learn more about our disposable respirator range which also includes FFP1and FFP3 masks.
What are FFP2 masks?
FFP2 masks are types of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) which provide protection from airborne particles in accordance with official FFP dust mask ratings set out in EN 149. This European Standard ensures that FFP2 graded dust masks can protect against a moderate level of dust as well as solid or liquid aerosols, and ensures that the masks can filter a minimum of 94% of airborne particles. This makes FFP2 dust masks suitable for tasks such as plastering, sanding and carpentry.
In terms of other dust mask ratings, the FFP2 rating is the equivalent to 10x OEL Protection and 10x APF Protection.
Standards and Regulations for FFP2 disposable respirators
All of our FFP2 dust masks adhere to the EN149 European Standard which governs the general requirements and proper markings for RPE. There are also regulations which cover employers’ responsibilities for FFP2 dust masks and other respiratory equipment. These include:
- Personal Protection Equipment Regulations (2002) – Employers must provide and maintain PPE to a suitable level and ensure that employees are fully trained on how to use it in the correct manner.
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002) – Employers are responsible for protecting employees when they are working in environments which expose them to substances which are hazardous to their health.
Browse the full range of FFP2 disposable dust masks below or use the filters on the left to find exactly what you need. There are many more specialist items in our RPE collection, including respiratory helmets and welding respirators.
Disposable FFP3 Respirators
At Protec, we stock a variety of FFP3 masks to help keep your workers safe.
When are FFP3 masks needed?
FFP3 respirator masks are required when workers are exposed to materials such as:
- Higher level fine dust or oil
- Water-based mists
- Hazardous pharmaceutical powders
At Protec, we sell FFP3 compliant respirators from a range of top brands including Respair, Draeger, Uvex, Moldex and 3M. All of these FFP3 masks filter a minimum of 99% of airborne particles, and are suitable for use in asbestos removal.
Regulations and standards for respiratory protection
Employers have a responsibility to protect workers if they are exposed to materials which could be harmful. The legislation and standards you should be aware of are as follows:
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002) - According to these regulations, employers are responsible for protecting workers from being exposed to substances which could be hazardous to their health.
- Personal Protection Equipment Regulations (2002) - These regulations state that PPE equipment must be monitored to ensure it is fit for purpose, as well as being properly stored and maintained. Employees must also be trained on how to use it.
- EN 149 - This European standard lays out the general requirements and markings required for respiratory protection equipment to be fit for purpose.
At Protec, you can rest assured that all our FFP3 respirators comply with relevant European and British legislation, including the EN 149 standard. Browse our range of disposable respirator masks below, and make sure you’re equipped to meet the safety standards required.
Protec Direct stock a range of simple disposable dust masks and respirators as part of the respiratory protection range. Whether you are buying a dust mask for painting or dust masks for woodworking, these masks protect the lungs from the bulk of nuisance and offer basic protection. Any order above £25 will qualify for free delivery.
What dust mask do I need?
In terms of dust mask ratings, these disposable options offer basic protection at an affordable price and come in boxes of 50. Cheap dust masks are useful for single-use manual tasks that cause a low-level of an atmospheric nuisance, these will not protect from hazardous atmospheric conditions, however. Make sure you select the best dust respirator for the job.
For low-level respiratory protection from dust or mists typically from hand sanding and cutting - buy FFP1 masks
For moderate-level respiratory protection which includes harmful chemicals and aerosols - buy FFP2 masks
For high-level respiratory protection from hazardous materials including asbestos - buy FFP3 masks
Protec Direct also offers full respirator masks and are the best dust masks for beards, available to select from the respiratory protection range. Check out this fact sheet by Breathe Freely to learn more about the importance of a tight-fitting mask.
These disposable masks are supplied by industry leading brands, Moldex and JSP. Disposable dust masks should only be used for one session of working in dust, grab a new dust mask each time you start working again. You can see our range of basic respirator mask types below.
Here at Protec Direct we stock a range of high performing and legally compliant welding respirators to suit a number of industrial applications. You can choose from disposable welding respirators, typically used for fine dust, oil or water-based mists, and there are options for metal fume, ozone and nuisance levels of certain gases and vapours. All Protec Direct respiratory masks conform to the appropriate British and European legislation requirements. Shop our collection of welding respirators now, or read on to find out more.
The range of welding respirators from Protec Direct
The use of welding respirators are an essential – and legal – requirement, so getting the right product for the work you’re undertaking is crucial. During welding, potentially dangerous fumes and gases are released, which if inhaled, can cause harm to the operative.
As part of our personal protective equipment (PPE) range, we stock welding respirators suited to a number of different industries and styles of work. Our customers have the peace of mind that their staff are protected and their business meets legal requirements, as we only stock welding respirators from industry-recognised brands, including 3M and Respair. All of our welding respirators are fume-valved, to help with the protection, and are equipped with individual data sheets, so you can get the exact spec and protection you need. Our welding respirators are used by a number of key industries, including construction, welding and soldering, iron and steel foundries and all types of manufacture, so you’re sure to find the right one for your business.
Regulations and Standards for using welding respirators
The Protect Direct team are proud to provide our customers with welding respirators that meet all regulations and standards expected in this industry. These include:
- Personal Protective Equipment Regulations. As an employer, you are legally obliged to provide your employees with safe working practices, so that PPE isn’t necessary, but with the correct protective equipment, that is safe and durable, when it is needed.
- EN149:2001 – The European Standard for filtering masks and face pieces that requires respirators to be entirely, or substantially, made from filtering material.
There are further details about the regulations and standards that each welding respirator adheres to in the individual product description, but if you’re unsure about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact our team, or call us on 0870 333 3081.
You can browse our selection of welding respirators below, and benefit from free next day delivery if you spend over £25. Did you know we also have a range of other respirators available in our range, from Scott Tornado Respirators to dust masks.
Full Face Respirators & Half Mask Respirators
At Protec Direct we stock an amazing selection of high-quality half mask and full face respirators as part of our full collection of respiratory protective equipment. All of the respirators below are crucial in helping to keep you safe when working in areas with contaminated air. If you are an employer, then by law you may have to provide half mask or full face respirators to employees as part of their PPE – read on below to learn more about these regulations.
What are half mask and full face respirators?
Both full face and half mask respirators offer the wearer exceptional levels of protection for workers against air that contains particles and can be used for purifying air which is contaminated. This includes particles such as wood or stone when the materials are being cut, dust, or hazards chemicals and solvents. Both of these types of respirators have their own uses:
- Full face respirators help to provide complete respiratory protection from particles in the air, but also provide protection for the eyes against airborne particles.
- Half mask respirators are less intrusive but still provide complete respiratory protection for the wearer. They can be paired with safety glasses or goggles to offer all the protection of a full face respirator.
Who uses half mask and full face respirator masks?
Half mask respirators and full face respirators are used in a wide range of occupations in which the wearer requires protection from the chemicals or particles in the air around them. These include, but are not limited to industries such as carpentry, metal work, masonry, painting and decorating, chemical and laboratories, janitorial, property renovations, and the arts and creative industries.
Regulations and Standards for half and full mask respirators
All of the respiratory PPE available online at Protec Direct conform to the relevant European Standards. These include:
- EN136 – This European Standard defines a full face respiratory mask as one which covers the chin, eyes, nose and mouth.
- EN140 – This European Standard covers the technical specifications for half and quarter face mask. It defines a half face respiratory mask as one which covers the mouth, nose and chin.
- EN143 – This European Standard covers particle filters used in respiratory masks and ensures they are classified according to their filtering efficiency. It splits filters into three categories – P1, P2, and P3.
There are also a number of regulations which govern respirators and PPE at work and set out an employers’ responsibilities, such as:
- Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (1992) – It is essential for employers to ensure safe systems of work so the need for PPE is minimised, but where PPE is necessary it should be provided and always be fit for purpose. The PPE should be maintained and checked regularly and employees should be trained on how to correctly use it.
Browse the full collection of full and half face respirator mass below and find the suitable items for you and your employees. Or, browse many other specialist items such as FFP3 disposable respirators and welding respirators in our full RPE collection.
Respirator Helmets & Hoods
If you are looking for respirator helmets and hoods, Protec Direct supply a wide range of high performing and cost-effective products. Available with full hood, headcover, half hood and more. We stock brands such as Scott, 3M and Honeywell. Protec Direct respirator helmets are fully compliant with the appropriate British and European legislation requirements. Ensure your business is meeting legal requirements and buy from Protec Direct today.
The range of respirator helmets from Protec Direct
We stock a number of different respiratory helmets, so you can choose the right products for your purposes.
Our high-performance respirators have been created to protect the wearer from a diverse range of contaminates and substances, whilst undertaking a number of different industrial and chemical tasks. The products in our range fall into the following categories:
- Respiratory hoods – Like our 3M S-133L Hood that offer head and face coverage with face and eye protection. Many of the products in this range have the same impact as safety spectacles.
- Respirator half hoods – These provide a flow of air over the head and down the face, which offers a practical solution and provides comfort to the user.
- Respirator full hood headtops – Products like our Scott FH2 Full Hood Headtop offer complete head coverage, with a clear view panel to offer the user a wide field of vision.
- Darkening filters – Darkening filters like our Scott FH4 Auto Darkening Filter has a darkening lens that helps the user to see comfortably whilst wearing it.
If you aren’t sure which of our respiratory helmets is best for your workplace, please do call our sales helpline on 0870 333 3081 and they will be happy to advise.
Regulations and Standards for using respiratory helmets
Here at Protec Direct, we guarantee that the respirator helmets and hoods we provide meet all of the expected UK and EU standards and requirements, to guarantee the safety of our customers and their people at all times.
Here is just a selection of some of the standards our respirator helmets conform to:
- Personal Protective Equipment Regulations – The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (2002) and Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (1992) ensure that employers are responsible for the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) that will protect against health and safety risks at work.
- EN 166 – A European Standard dictating the level of quality for safety spectacles. Some of our Respirator Helmets conform to this regulation, due to their strength and durability.
- EN 12941 – A European Standard dictating minimum requirements for respiratory devices that work with powered gas or particle filtering devices, and helmets and/or hoods.
You can see what regulations and standards each individual respirator helmet conforms to in the product description, so you have all of the information you need to make a purchase.
You can find the respiratory helmets or hoods to suit your requirements below. We also stock a range of other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including eye protection and hearing protection. Order now and benefit from our free delivery offer on orders over £25.
3M Jupiter Powered Respirators
Welcome to the 3M Jupiter range at Protec Direct, where you’ll find everything you need for using this comfortable, powered respirator. As part of our full collection of respirators and RPE here you can find everything from 3M Jupiter hoods and head covers to the necessary pre-filter pads and particle filters, all available at unbeatable prices.
Using the 3M Jupiter powered respirator
The 3M Jupiter powered respirator is recognised as being one of the most comfortable and easy-to-use on the market and protects the wearer against particles, gases and vapours, or a combination of these contaminants depending on the filters used. This high-performance 3M respirator features a modern, ergonomic design, an 8 hour rechargeable battery, and also incorporates an electronic alarm to warm the wearer of low battery or air flow complications.
The extensive range of different 3M Jupiter filters are what make this respirator mask just so versatile, and allows the mask to protect from such a wide range of contaminants and substances. As well as filters, Protec also stock accessories for the Jupiter including breathing tubes, masks, or complete 3M Jupiter Turbo Powered Air Starter Kits which contain everything you need to get the job done.
Regulations and Standards for the 3M Jupiter respirator
As with all of the PPE available online at Protec Direct, all of our 3M Jupiter powered air respirators adhere to the relevant Standards, such as:
- EN 12941 – This European Standard specifies the minimum requirements for respiratory devices which incorporate powered gas or particle filtering devices, along with helmets and/or hoods.
Legally, employers may be required to provide 3M Jupiter powered respirators or other RPE to their employees in accordance to:
- Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (2002)
- Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (1992)
Browse the full range of 3M Jupiter respirators, filters and accessories below or explore other specialist ranges such as the Scott Tornado powered respirators in our complete RPE collection.