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Case Study: Green Bay, WI Metro Fire Department and 3M™ PELTOR™ Electronic Earplugs

Situation: The Green Bay Metro Fire Department needed a solution to help their teams communicate and coordinate during noisy events such as Green Bay Packer games and live music concerts. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department provides emergency response services during special events and it has always been difficult to communicate amongst their team due to crowd and music noise.

Two-Handed or One-Handed Earplug Insertion? Consult Your User Instructions.

Hearing protection devices (HPDs) are worn for the purpose of reducing noise. From construction to food processing to manufacturing, HPDs can help reduce noise exposure and thereby could help reduce noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Traditionally, earplug manufacturers instruct the wearer to use a two-handed insertion method. But what about one-handed insertion? Let’s learn more…. But How Do You Know How

The ANSI Standard and the Benefits of Hearing Protection Fit Testing

ANSI/ASA published the first standard setting the criteria that fit-test systems should meet to improve accuracy and reporting of hearing fit test results. This new standard is titled ANSI/ASA S12.71-2018, American National Standard Performance Criteria for Systems that Estimate the Attenuation of Passive Hearing Protectors for Individual Users. This standard is the first of its kind worldwide and is a

ISHN Article: Behind the Numbers, Understanding Hearing Protector Ratings and Fit Testing

Numbers and ratings can help us understand things, but often one number does not tell the whole story. Take for instance the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) and Personal Attenuation Rating (PAR). Both ratings can be used when trying to determine if a hearing protector is appropriate for a worker, but they are different. And while each are measurements of hearing

Three Things to Know About the New ANSI Fit Testing Standard

ANSI/ASA has published the first standard-setting the criteria that fit-test systems should meet to improve accuracy and reporting of fit test results. This new standard is titled ANSI/ASA S12.71-2018, American National Standard Performance Criteria for Systems that Estimate the Attenuation of Passive Hearing Protectors for Individual Users. This standard is the first of its kind worldwide. 1. What Does this

Have You Heard of the ANSI/ASA S12.71-2018 Hearing Fit-Test Standard?

Have you heard about the new ANSI/ASA S12.71-2018 standard for hearing protection fit testing systems? Learn more about it here. Hearing protector fit testing has long been recognized as a best practice in hearing conservation by both regulators and professional organizations (OSHA, NIOSH, NHCA, 2008). Since then, more evidence suggests that hearing protection fit testing can change the practice and

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