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New PPE sign system could complement wearing of safety boots

A new signage system designed by Cirrus Research aims to improve the safety of many industrial workers by informing them of when personal protective equipment (PPE) is required.

The firm's Sound Sign is a noise-activated warning system that alerts workers when designated noise levels have been exceeded.

It is hoped this will then encourage employees to don PPE products, such as hearing protection, when they are most required.

James Tingay, group marketing manager for Cirrus Research, said that the wearing of constant hearing protection is not always required in some workplaces but the new signage should inform people of when it is needed.

He added: 'By using the Sound Sign, employees can be quickly and easily informed when PPE is required and when it can be removed.

'The Sound Sign remains inactive and blank when sound levels are at an acceptable level.'

It was previewed at the UK's recent Health and Safety Expo, which also saw a number of firms show off PPE such as safety boots.

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