UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Hearing protection is serious business. Occupational noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable through proper use of suitable ear protection when doing work that is noisy or when working near machinery that is noisy. What is “noisy”? Rule of Thumb : If you have to raise your voice to be understood by a person that you can reach out and touch with your thumb, you should wear hearing protection while doing the job or working near the source of the noise. If you are in noisy environments for long periods of time, or if the noise is extremely loud, noise monitoring may be needed to ensure you are not overexposed to noise while on the job. To evaluate the exposure and help address the problem contact Environmental Health & Safety Office (EH&S) at 3344.
This instruction sheet was created to provide a graphic guide to the proper procedure for insertion of foam earplugs. There are many different types of earplugs on the market, and one size does NOT fit all. If you need hearing protection, try a few different sizes and styles to find the one that fits you best – contact EH&S Office for recommendations. Most of all: be sure you know how to use and care for the only gear that stands between you and a lifetime of ringing ears and diminished hearing ability.
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