Personal hearing protectors

Training, awareness

"Adequate information and appropriate training must be provided to all persons who need to wear personal hearing protectors." (Thiery, 2004).

Here is a concrete example put forward by Dr. Anne-Marie ROBERT, occupational physician at SMIRR, Reims (France).

It takes place in a metallurgy company.
Out of 111 employees, 67 are exposed to noise levels above 85dB (A).

Month 0 : From the beginning, 24 employees were wearing HPD (either standard earplugs or headsets).

Month + 12 : Through close collaboration between the doctor and employees, a year later 56 employees were accustomed to wearing hearing protectors.

Month + 18 : Eighteen months later, based on the good results, the company decided to invest in customized earplugs.

Month + 24 : In two years, the 64 employees were continuously wearing their customized hearing protectors.

Training and development

Changes in wearing HPD following an awareness campaign as a first step, and the implementation of customized earplugs as a second step

With standard HPD, without any action, 36% of employees are protected temporarily.

  1. The first awareness session conducted for 12 months helped increase the percentage of employees protected from 36 to 84%.
  2. A second action was implemented following these good results: By offering more comfortable customized hearing protectors, 96% of employees benefit from permanent hearing protection.
 

HearingProTech is a department of Arta Group. Its mission is to perform and disseminate research, analyses, and tools to aid in the selection of personal hearing protection devices. Composed of technical and scientific experts, HearingProTech aims to advance knowledge in this area and make it more easily accessible.