Hearing Protection Should be Issued to Employees

  • where extra protection is needed above what has been achieved using noise control
  • as a short-term measure while other methods of controlling noise are being developed. Hearing protection should not be used as an alternative to controlling noise by technical and organisational means

Employers are Required to

  • provide your employees with hearing protectors if they ask for it and their noise exposure is between the lower and upper exposure action values
  • provide your employees with hearing protectors and make sure they use them properly when their noise exposure exceeds the upper exposure action values
  • identify hearing protection zones, ie areas where the use of hearing protection is compulsory, and mark them with signs if possible
  • provide your employees with training and information on how to use and care for the hearing protectors
  • ensure that the hearing protectors are properly used and maintained.

Hearing Protection Falls Into Two Broad Categories

  • earplugs
  • earmuffs