PERSONAL PROTECTION NOW HEAR THIS
Losing one of your five senses is a tragedy in any case, but especially when it could have been easily prevented. Adi Watkins, Business Development Manager of ProtectHear®, urges noisy workplaces to join the personal ear protection revolution.
Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is on the rise in the UK and many of us are affected daily by exposure to noise in our workplace. The Insurance Times reported last November that claims for NIHL have risen five-fold over the last four years.
While most businesses would prefer to reduce noise levels at source, often this is just not possible. ProtectHear® is a Lincolnshire based company that manufactures personally moulded earplugs, currently provided to clients such as Network Rail, Weetabix, Kellogg’s, Phillips66 and Tata Steel UK. The plugs are moulded to suit the individual and enable the ear to healthily breathe while offering a high level of protection.
“PERSONALLY MOULDED EARPLUGS OFFER A SENSE OF OWNERSHIP AND WORTH FOR THE USER UNLIKE ANY OTHER PROVISION OF HEARING PROTECTION.”
ON THE RISE The UK is seeing a revolution in hearing protection solutions and ProtectHear® has noticed a significant rise in the use of personally moulded earplugs in the workplace. The company’s Business Development Manager, Adi Watkins, commented: “We have found we are supplying our products to more businesses than ever before. Our clients are taking positive steps towards protecting themselves against future NIHL claims by providing market leading protection to their workforce. Along with this comes a passion for changing attitudes, as well as standards, for the better.”
ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT There are countless documents available which highlight the often devastating effects of NIHL, not only from the perspective of the individual who has been afflicted, but also from the perspective of the business that has experienced the costly litigation that can follow. The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) website is home to plenty of statistics on the topic and the findings can be alarming. HSE states that 18,000 people currently have NIHL that was caused or made worse by work, based on data collected between 2010 and 2014. ProtectHear® is supporting businesses to implement a change in attitude towards NIHL and a change in attitude towards solutions to prevent it in the future.
WHY PERSONAL IS BEST Personally moulded earplugs offer a sense of ownership and worth for the user. Employees will feel valued by a company that
invests in protecting their health. Some products offer a five year warranted
“HSE STATES THAT 18,000 PEOPLE CURRENTLY HAVE NIHL THAT WAS CAUSED OR MADE WORSE BY WORK.”
lifespan – that’s on a piece of custom- made PPE that delivers comfort and protection.
Using a professional company will ensure that the earplugs will not over-protect and can be worn with any other form of PPE equipment, while being seamlessly integrated into existing or new radio communications systems in the workplace. Bespoke and correctly specified hearing protection also allows workers to hear the environment. The plugs do not need to be taken out to communicate, thus increasing protection and productivity.
COST CONSIDERATIONS It is also worth comparing the basic long-term financial cost of moulded earplugs to other forms of hearing protection. ProtectHear® for example, is proven to offer a return on investment after implementation, often within the first year. From a legal perspective, many insurers now recognise the benefits of personally moulded earplugs in future proofing against NIHL claims.
Adi Watkins concluded with a strong message: “If you haven’t considered your noise protection protocol lately, perhaps now is the time to listen and make a change.”
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