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Document ID (ISN)112430
CIS number 12-0279
Year 2009
Convention or series no. RR 720
Author(s) Brueck L.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Real world use and performance of hearing protection
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2009, ii, 69p. Illus. 1 ref.
Internet access Real_world_use_and_performance_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in English]
Abstract This report considers the effectiveness of hearing protectors in everyday work situations. The study reported here was undertaken in two parts. The first consisted of interviews with employers to discuss management of noise and hearing protector use, and on site observation of hearing protector use. The second part consisted of laboratory measurements of hearing protector insertion loss. The purpose of these measurements was to quantify the reduction in protection due to poor fitting or maintenance for a range of hearing protectors. Earmuffs were tested using the MIRE (microphone in real ear) method while earplug insertion loss was measured using a head and torso simulator with a simulated pinna and ear canal. Findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; equipment testing; hearing protection; supply of personal protective equipment
Descriptors (secondary) test laboratories; safety consciousness; human behaviour; noise level measurement; safety and health training; public OSH institutions; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Personal protection
Noise