Safe from sound in a noisy workplace

Exposure to potentially hazardous noise levels, can seriously damage your hearing. Noise induced hearing loss is one of the biggest occupational health problems.

Whilst Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is permanent and irreversible, it is also preventable. NIHL is a gradual process and often by the time we are aware of the problem it is to late. It can take 10-20 years for long-term damage to become apparent.

Under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, it states that anyone working in an environment where noise levels exceed 80dB is at risk of hearing damage and must be provided with suitable hearing protection.

At Arco we have a comprehensive range of hearing detection, protection and validation equipment. All of Arco's hearing protection conforms to all European Standards and carries the CE mark, complying with the requirements of the Personal Protection Equipment Regulations 2002. The CE marking signifies that the protection satisfies certain essential requirements and in some cases will have been tested and certified by an independent body.

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Detection

Noise measurement helps to identify areas where noise is a problem and employees who may be affected. It also helps to ensure the protection levels are maintained.

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Earplugs

Ear plugs fit into the ear or cover the ear canal to form a seal. Ear plugs are suited for use with safety glasses and other forms of personal protective equipment.

Browse Ear Defenders

Ear Muffs

Ear muffs fit over and surround the ears with a cushioned seal. The inner surface of the cups provides the hearing protection with a sound absorbing material. It is vital the ear muffs are compatible with other personal protection equipment.

Browse Communications

High Noise Communication Solutions

Arco's range of high-noise communication systems enable the end user to hear speech and warning signs clearly with the added benefit of hearing protection at the same time.

Validation

The validation process enables you to identify if your employees are receiving optimal protection from their hearing devices, if they require any additional training and also highlights if it is the right solution for them.

Hearing Resources

White Paper: Benefits of Fit Testing Hearing Protection

By Brad Witt, MA, Director of Hearing Conservation, Howard Leight by Honeywell

Whilst many work environments supply hearing protection to their workers very few check that the protection provided is being worn correctly. Incorrect fitting of hearing protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs can leave the wearer in a position where they are not receiving any protection at all, or in some cases are worse off.

This white paper has been written by a leading audiologist to outline the myths surrounding hearing protection against noise induced hearing loss, how to select the right levels of protection and to explore how and why not all hearing protection devices fit everyone and therefore why it is imperative to ensure that your workforce is properly fit-tested.

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