So we all enjoy listening to our favorite songs on the radio, and listening to our must watch television shows right? So then when we are at work we should certainly protect our ability to hear correctly! Ear Safety, like all aspects of safety is aimed at keeping ourselves and our senses safe from danger and/or permanent damage while working under extreme circumstances. There are many of us in the workforce that have jobs where we are constantly surrounded by constant loud noises. These noises have a chance to injure our ear drums and lessen our hearing. Whether you work around specialized equipment that produces high volume noise, or even operate a vehicle such as a loud riding mower, the types of ear safety dangers that are involved in our jobs should always be observed and the proper precautions taken.
Not sure whether or not you may have the chance to fall victim to ear safety dangers? Here are some ear safety tips to determine whether or not you should be wearing protective gear to keep yourself safe when working. Below we have proposed some ear safety questions to help prepare you for your next shift at work. Whether or not your employer has made you aware of these ear safety concerns, OSHA has specific and mandatory requirements when it comes to the matter of protecting your ears at work.
Ear Safety Questions
So the next time you head into work and find yourself without the proper safety equipment you need to protect your ears while performing your work duties, there are some simple questions you may want to ask yourself to better determine if you may be at risk of injury and possible loss of your hearing.
- How many hour of the day are you exposed to loud noise in your workplace?
- How loud exactly are the noises that you are forced to work with on a daily basis?
- How far away do the noises come from?
- Are the noises created by your equipment only? (making these noises fairly close to yourself)
- Does noise surround you?
- Is everyone at your job working with some sort of equipment that creates sound?
- Does equipment that produce noise surround you in your work environment?
- How many sources produce sound in your workplace?
- Have you experienced any problems hearing since being exposed to noise at work?
- How do you feel about the situation?
- Have you felt as though you should be supplied with ear safety gear?
- Perhaps, have you gone so far as to provide your own ear safety protection equipment?
Next I will make my best attempt to information about the standards which call for ear safety protection equipment. I hope to better educate you as to whether or not ear safety gear should be used in your workplace and how you may better go about making the determination as to whether your workplace is appropriate for this type of concern. When it comes to noise, it’s a fairly simple procedure, is the volume so loud as to possibly cause damage to one’s ears. So below I hope to provide you with some ear safety tips, ear safety explanations and methods you can use to decide whether your ears should be protected while at work.
Ear Safety Protection Tips
Our ears are an amazing organic device! We can hear hundreds of thousands of varying sounds, frequencies, pitches, and noises! Our ears have tiny hairs located near our eardrum which vibrate when sounds are made around us and our hearing turns those vibrations into sounds that we understand and to which we can relate. Sometimes when we are exposed to too great a decibel level of sound it can cause damage to these tiny hairs and the cells inside our inner ear. Once injured, our hearing is most likely irrevocably damaged to the point where it cannot be restored to allow us to hear like we once did. We may lose only a small portion of our ability to hear, or we may lose our ability to hear all together. By following some simple steps and ear safety tips in the workplace we can avoid hearing loss and damage completely.
Hearing & Ear Safety Protective Equipment
It’s certainly not that complicated a procedure when it comes to protecting our ears from danger. Below you can find some simple ear safety equipment that will protect your ears and hearing while at work. There are various types of earplug you can buy to protect your ears at work.
- Simple Earplugs, Like You Might Where At Home Will Serve To Protect You At Work From Noise Pollution.
- Pre-Shaped Foam Earplugs
- Pre-Shaped Rubber Earplugs
- Corded Ear Plugs (rubber and foam)
- Non-Cordeed Earplugs (rubber and foam)
- Inner Ear Earplugs To Go Further Into Your ear Canal, Giving You Added Protection
- Headset Style Ear Protection, An Over The Head Style Earplug
- Conforming Shape Earplugs, Earplugs You Can Shape To Fit Your Ear
I hope these hearing safety tips have given you an idea of how to determine whether or not you need ear protection or hearing protection while in your workplace environment. And remember, if anyone has a problem with you wearing earplugs or other ear safety protection at work, remind them that there are OSHA Regulations that dictate if a worker is exposed to too great a decibel level of noise for a prolonged amount of time through the work day that they are required to wear ear safety protection! Any company that does not comply with these rules risk being fined and/or possibly shut down entirely.