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Ear plugs are becoming a vital requirement of health and safety in the work place, such as industrial work spaces, bars and clubs, classrooms and farms. When working and being constantly surrounded by heavy machinery or loud music your hearing can become seriously damaged. Low level sounds create the most damage to hearing so it is vital that all staff working in a noisy environment are protected against all volumes of noise. It is very important to get the right size ear plugs for your ears as this helps with how effective they are.
The importance of protecting your ears
To enable us to do our jobs properly and effectively our hearing is one of the most important aspects when it comes to carrying out instructions. Whether you work on a construction site or in a nightclub the surrounding noises can be extremely dangerous to your hearing and can leave you with permanent hearing damage. What’s more it has recently been reported that hearing loss can lead to chronic diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. We here at All Ear Plugs implore you to help keep your employees’ hearing safe from harm and have ear plugs on the premises.
Work regulations regarding noise
When creating a safe environment for employees to work in you must carry out regular risk assessments, which should entail:
• Noise measurements in the premises, recorded and kept up to date
• Record of daily or weekly exposure limit values; the average exposure of 87dB and a peak sound pressure of 140dB
If you're in a band or work alongside a band, such as a technician, it is advisable to have ear plugs for musicians, especially if you undergo long rehearsals on a daily basis. Band practises can reach approximately 110 – 120 decibels, 30 – 40 decibels higher than normal.
It is also advisable to wear ear plugs if you're a music teacher as you're surrounded constantly by students playing instruments, which can damage your hearing. Beginners tend to play instruments a lot louder than professionals and can reach to approximately 140 decibels. It is also a great idea to get your students using ear plugs for children especially as their ears are a lot more sensitive.
Using ear plugs in a bar or club has brilliant effects, it dilutes the music in the background protecting your hearing, and allows bar tenders to hear drinks orders more coherently.
Health and safety in the industrial environment is crucial, especially with heavy machinery being used across the area all week long.
Ear plugs for noise reduction are also extremely useful for working farmers when having to feed their herds. Pig’s squeals can reach up to approximately 100 decibels during feeding so it is vital to protect your hearing on a regular basis. This is also true when working with farm machinery which can reach over the safe 87 decibels, putting farmers at risk of hearing loss.