ACCORDING TO OSHA, HEARING PROTECTION MUST BE DERATED
- For example, earplugs labeled with a NRR of 33 dB do NOT offer 33 dB of attenuation.
- OSHA requires that hearing protection be derated 50%.
- NIOSH recommends that formable earplugs be derated 50% and all other earplugs be derated 70%.
DOUBLING UP DOES NOT RESULT IN DOUBLE ATTENUATION
- OSHA recommends dual hearing protection at high intensity levels.
- NIOSH recommends that workers use double hearing protection when 8-hr TWA exposure exceeds 100 dBA.
- According to OSHA standards, doubling up allows for the addition of 5 dB to the highest NRR after derating.
EAR PROTECTION IS NOT EFFECTIVE IF IT IS NOT WORN CONSISTENTLY
Typically employees do not wear earplugs when required due to improper fit or the inability to hear adequately.
Such intermittent wear will dramatically reduce their effective protection.
A device capable of providing 30 dB of attenuation for an 8-hr exposure would provide only 15 dB if the worker removed the device for a cumulative 30 minute period during an 8-hr work day.
AGE CORRECTION IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF YOUR COMPANY
If you do not age correct, you might find STS (and intervene) BEFORE it becomes recordable. If you prevent noise-induced hearing loss early, OSHA recordable cases should be rare. If you do age correct, a hearing loss may reach the recordable level before you recognize it as an STS. In that case, you have a “hearing-loss documentation program” not a hearing conservation program.
OTOTOXINS INCREASE THE RISK FOR HEARING DAMAGE
It is recommended that hearing protection be required whenever a respirator is required and noise levels are between 75 and 84 dBA. It is suggested that, in this case, workers should wear hearing protection that allows warning alarms and normal speech to be heard. It is also recommended that employees exposed to noise levels just below the action level together with ototoxins be enrolled in the company’s hearing conservation program.
HP Pro EXCEEDS OSHA Standards for Hearing Protection
- HP Pro is made using pliable medical grade silicon and is custom molded for each user.
- HP Pro includes an echo-flex filter that reverses damaging sounds and allows only safe sounds to enter the ear canal.
- Most hearing protection hampers communication.
Down Time Costs Your Company Money!
HP Pro HELPS YOU KEEP THE PRODUCTION BALL ROLLING
- Occupational hearing loss is the most commonly reported occupational illness.
- Elevated noise levels create a 40% higher accident risk.
- For workers who have a hearing loss and also work in an environment with intense noise exposure the risk of being hospitalized for a work related injury is 3.6 times that of workers with neither factor.
- For every decibel of hearing loss, the risk of hospitalization due to work related injury increases by 1 percent.
- Workers with hearing loss are 5 times more likely to take sick days than their co-workers without hearing loss.
- Hearing loss is linked to a three-fold increased risk of falling. Falls and fall-related injuries cost billions in healthcare costs in the United States each year.
- Unaddressed hearing loss often leads to isolation, anxiety, and depression. For employers, the estimated
annual economic burden of depression, sadness, and mental illness is $348.04 per employee. More absences from work are due to depression, sadness, and mental health issues than any other illness.
- Workers who can’t hear properly either due to hearing loss or because they are wearing the wrong kind of hearing protection, may miss warning signals or important communication on the job.
- High levels of noise increase fatigue, decrease the ability to concentrate, and impair the quality of communication between workers.
Hearing Protection is a Company & Family Concern
Many employees say they believe their untreated hearing loss impacts them on the job in at least one way. From asking people to repeat what they have said (61%), to misunderstanding what is being said (42%), to even pretending to hear when they can’t (40%), the burden that comes with leaving hearing loss unaddressed weighs heavily on America’s workers.
NOISE EXPOSURE AND HEARING LOSS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Increased Breathing Rate