Welcome to the third section of our 2018/19 Lyreco PPE catalogue preview. This post focuses on hearing protection and it’s very much in the spotlight at the moment.
In April 2018, PPE Directive 89/686/EEC was replaced by Regulation (EU) 2016/425. This change will be covered more fully in a future blog post but here we focus on the significant change in the new legislation moving hearing protection from Category II PPE to Category III PPE. While this doesn’t affect the choices of hearing protection that you currently use, it does highlight the fact that noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is continually being viewed as an increasing problem in industry.
NIHL is irreversible and easily prevented. The estimated number of workers with work-related hearing problems is 20,000. In the introduction to section three is a table showing how quickly your hearing can be damaged at different noise levels.
The product categories in this section are earplugs, dispensers, ear bands, ear defenders, ear muffs, and ear defender accessories.
There are a few new items this year but one that we’re particularly excited about it is the Peltor Worktunes Pro AM/FM Radio Helmet Mounted Ear Defender. It’s a bit of a mouthful but this helmet protects your hearing while you listen to AM/FM radio – how cool is that?
That’s all for our closer look at our Lyreco PPE catalogue 2018/19 looking at all things hearing protection in section three. Keep checking back to find out more details about our new Lyreco PPE catalogue for 2018/19 and we’ll have a new post tomorrow to focus on section four, respiratory protection.
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