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Industrial Hygiene: Quantitative Assessment of Hearing Protectors

Posted by Timothy Aeschliman on Tue, Jul, 07, 2015 @ 14:07 PM

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A recurring challenge for industrial hygiene and safety professionals is personal protective equipment and the human factor in its use. Companies assess noise exposures, provide medical monitoring and personal protective equipment, provide training and conduct workplace observations and audits; yet occupational hearing loss continues to occur. What else can be done? Recently, I tested out a quantitative ear plug testing system that evaluates how well ear plugs fit and learned quite a bit about the practical limitations of ear plugs.

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Topics: hearing loss

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