Hearing Protection at Factories

The most common problem and complaint from factory workers is excessive noise. There are typically large machinery and equipment with which they work with in addition to loud fans and vents in the area. Excessive noise does not just affect the worker’s professional life but hearing damage is permanent and affects their personal life as well.

There are a couple ways in which excessive noise can be reduced to a safe level for workers.

  1. Industrial Earplugs or noise cancelling headphones
  2. Quiet the noise source

Industrial Earplugs / Noise Cancelling Headphones

They are an acceptable method of reducing the noise exposure but are typically used temporarily to implement noise control solutions to the equipment producing the noise.

It is vital that the hearing protection fits properly and that they are worn at all times when being exposed to noise.

There are many options available but ultimately the choice is a personal one as long as it achieves the necessary NRR (noise reduction rating).

Noise Reduction at the Noise Source

Noise reduction at the noise source typically involves either adding a silencer to the equipment or creating an enclosure to absorb the noise and reduce the amount which reaches the workers in proximity.

The solution for noise reduction at the noise source greatly depends on the equipment/machine producing the noise, the application and the environment in which the noise source is located.

dB Noise Reduction is an expert in the design and supply of noise control equipment including silencers and noise enclosures. We would be more than happy to discuss your specific application to try and help attenuate the noise for the health and safety of your workers.

November 11: Observing Veteran’s Day (USA) – Remembrance Day (Canada)

The following article was written by Richard Anthony, Director, dB Noise Reduction

A few years ago I had the opportunity to hear a presentation from Sammy L. Davis, often referred to as ‘the real Forrest Gump’, who had been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving his brothers on the battlefield (www.homeofheroes.com/sammydavis/index.html).

He gave such a moving recount of his story – and gained the respect of every person in that room.  His true story is incredible and greater than anyone’s imagination could conceive; but what became difficult to believe was when he told of us the openly hostile and disrespectful treatment so many military people received when they arrived back home:  they were cursed at, spat upon, struck with fists and weapons and had things thrown at them.  It would seem that was a moment of great shame –  but for our society; not the veterans.

In 2015 it would seem that we have more reason than ever to appreciate and respect our military people and veterans.  They are a justifiably proud group of people and don’t want a hand out; but often there are ways that we can and should help out.  Start by thanking them for their service.  A few simple words, sincerely spoken can have a tremendous effect in someone’s day.  Buy a an active service person or a veteran their coffee at Starbucks, Tim Horton’s or D.D.  In the United States, organizations such as The Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org/) and The Gary Sinise Foundation (www.garysinisefoundation.org/) are other ways to help.

Veterans suffer higher than average hearing-loss

At dBNR, we have been looking to help through noise control and hearing conservation. Research indicates that active military personnel and veterans have a greater than normal risk for hearing loss and Tinnitus.  In fact, testing indicates that their risk is also much higher than even industrial hearing loss.

Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) can range from moderate to severe and affects this group more due to exposure to louder noise sources.  Since research also indicates a link between NIHL and broader health issues, this group is also at higher risk for other illnesses.  In simple terms, this means that their sacrifice continues long after their service ends.

This Veteran’s Day/Remembrance Day, stop for a moment to offer thanks, appreciation and respect for these brave souls – and especially join those who remain; in prayer for their safety, protection and that lasting peace may one day end all wars.