Hearing protection is an essential item of personal protective equipment (PPE), that must be supplied to employees to ensure they can work safely and without any risk of hearing damage whilst at work.
Here at Protec Direct, we stock the highest quality hearing protection products, from leading brands such as Peltor, Honeywell and 3M ear plugs. Our safe and high-quality products meet all legal requirements and expectations of you as an employer. Read on to find out about the different types of hearing protection, and how to choose the best products for your needs.
Industry-leading ear protection from noise available from Protec Direct which includes:
- Corded/banded ear plugs – Our corded and branded ear plugs are popular choice in workplaces where earplugs are regularly used and you don’t want them to get lost, for example in food manufacture.
- Disposable ear plugs – If you prefer disposable protection, we stock a range of disposable ear plugs including disposable foam ear plugs that offer a high level of protection and comfort for the wearer.
- Ear defenders and muffs – A range of ear muff-style ear protectors available which offer excellent standards of noise protection and comfort for the wearer.
- Helmet-mounted ear defenders – Specially designed for helmets, helmet-mounted ear defenders can be attached and detached depending on the wearer’s activity.
- Dispensers and refills – A selection of ear plug refills and dispensers to keep your workplace stocked-up and organised.
- Sound level meters – Monitoring the volume in a working environment is essential, and our sound level meters ensure you have knowledge and control of this at all times.
Hearing 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 when measures of noise control have been taken, and ear protection from noise is needed.
Ear protection must be provided if employees are exposed to noise between the lower and upper exposure action values; 85 decibels of daily or weekly exposure. Use the HSE exposure calculator to work out how much noise your workplace creates.
Employees must be trained in how to use their ear protection correctly and safely, and when it must be worn. Hearing protection zones in the workplace must also be identified, in places where then use of sound cancelling earplugs or equipment is required.
How do I choose the correct hearing protection?
There are a number of points to consider when choosing the best noise reduction equipment. Our advice is:
- Ensure that the ear protection limits noise to below 85 dB at the ear to guarantee good levels of protection.
- Think about the working environment, including how often the protection needs to be worn, and take into account the wearer’s comfort.
- Consider what other PPE employees will be wearing, and how this may work with other noise reduction equipment. People wearing hats and helmets, for example, may be more suited to helmet-mounted ear protection.
- The best noise reduction earplugs should cancel sound whilst being comfortable to wear, any discomfort should be handled immediately before further damage is caused.
If you know what equipment you need, browse our collection below and order online today. If you have any questions about the products available, please don’t hesitate to contact our team who will be happy to advise.