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Hearing Conservation

Have You Heard: What's your favorite sound and why?

3M “Have You Heard?” aims to ask people from around the world why their hearing matters to them. ST. PAUL, Minn. - To help people avoid noise-induced hearing loss, 3M has launched a social campaign called “Have You Heard?", which aims to get people thinking about the sounds around them that matter the most. “Have You Heard?"was designed as a

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

Earmuffs: A Key Component of a Hearing Conservation Program

ST. PAUL, Minn. — When you’re managing a hearing conservation program, choosing the right type of protection can help ensure your workers stay safe, comfortable and compliant. This means you have to consider a number of factors, including comfort, the level of noise workers are exposed to, equipment costs and even the level of training you’ll be able to offer. Regardless

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.

Are Your Workers Protected?

3M™ E-A-Rfit™ Dual-Ear Validation System Right Fit Test, Right Now ST. PAUL, Minn. - Do you know what level of protection your employees are receiving from their hearing protectors? Now you can with a field attenuation estimation system (FAES). FAES is a quantitative method for individual fit testing hearing protection devices (HPDs). This technical bulletin describes the 3M™ E-A-Rfit™ Dual-Ear Validation System and

Are Smartphones Smart to Use on a Job Site?

Communication is critical on construction sites. Whether for coordinating movement of materials or issuing warnings, it is important that workers be able to clearly communicate with each other. Audio devices (e.g. radios, cell phones) can help increase the speed and fidelity of communication between workers. While radios provide good voice communications between workers, there are some potential inherent problems: Half-duplex

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