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Hearing Protection

Why Metal-Detectable Earplugs Can be Important in Food Manufacturing

In any food manufacturing facility, preventing food contamination is a top priority. The last thing food producers want to do is unintentionally harm a consumer. If a stray earplug made its way into food produced at that facility, a company’s reputation could also be damaged, and they could be faced with a public relations nightmare. Metal-detectable earplugs are one of the

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

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

The Challenges of Construction Noise Exposure

Construction sites are loud. And yet often, they can be relatively quiet. Sounds and situations can change very quickly, and rarely are construction workers exposed to the same noise levels for the same amount of time from one day to the next. Furthermore, construction sites tend to be very busy places with large vehicles moving back and forth and equipment

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

Summertime and the Living is Noisy

ST. PAUL, Minn. — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 20 percent of teens have reported hearing loss possibly caused by loud noise— but you can reduce the risk for the kids you care about. The Problem with Hearing in Hot Conditions Many young people get summer or afterschool jobs that involve farm work, construction,

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