Damage to hearing is a long-latency hazard because it is not immediately obvious. It is undetectable while it is happening, but by the time it is discovered, it is too late.

The World Health Organisation has identified noise-induced hearing loss as being the most common permanent and preventable injury in the world. With tinnitus now the third most serious non-fatal medical condition it is little wonder that hearing protection has been raised to category 3 in the new PPE Regulation.

PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 is mandatory, and Category 3 as defined in the PPE Regulation ‘includes exclusively the risks that may cause very serious consequences such as death or irreversible damage to health’. With harmful noise now rated category 3, it is essential that the correct hearing protection is selected.

With a strong commitment to safety innovation, JSP’s Research and Development team has designed a new range of Sonis® Headbanded Ear Defenders, peaking at an unbeaten high SNR of 37dB, meeting the needs of an extensive range of industrial applications and protecting against extreme industrial noise.

This exceptional range of Sonis® Ear Defenders was developed over four years in partnership with a leading research facility in the field of acoustic engineering, is Kitemarked and meets EN352-1. The advantages of this headbanded range are that it offers a wide spread of attenuation with SNR values between 27 and 37 meaning that selecting the right model to match the wearer’s requirements is really straightforward.

Compatibility is key when fitting accessories to Personal Protective Equipment and a very common combination is head and hearing protection. To work properly, however, the different types of PPE must be compatible.

The Sonis® Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders which peak at an unbeaten SNR of 36 are specifically designed to be compatible to work with the JSP’s Evo range of industrial head protection.

Through rigorous testing, JSP guarantee that correct SNR’s are reached when worn with the EVOlite, EVO 2, EVO3, Global Standard EVO5 Olympus Helmet and Skyworker Helmet.

The Sonis® helmet mounted cups can be coloured to meet a corporate identity and can also be printed with a company logo for improved brand recognition and to prevent theft. This exceptional range of Sonis® Helmet Mounted Ear Defenders is Kitemarked, and meets EN352-3.

In the case of hearing, prevention is a whole lot better than cure, especially as there is no cure. No worker must be exposed to the average exposure limit value of 87dB, and peak sound pressure of 140dB, with or without hearing protection.

Disclaimer: The information provided through Greenham Pulse is for general guidance only and is not legal advice. Greenham Pulse is not a substitute for Health and Safety consultancy. You should seek independent advice about any legal matter.

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