Hearing Protector Fitting
[WAC 296-817-20015; OSHA CFR 1910.95 (i) 4,5; MSHA CFR 62.160(a) 3, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) CFR 49 227.115]
While noise monitoring and hearing testing are critical to the set up and evaluation of your hearing conservation program, they do not preserve hearing. When noise exposures can not be feasibly reduced to safe levels by means of administrative or engineering controls, hearing protection devices are the only remaining defense against hearing loss.
Simply providing hearing protection devices (HPD’s) is not enough. Without proper fitting and regular use of hearing protectors by employees, hearing loss prevention efforts may be futile.
Our Hearing Protector Fitting serves both to meet compliance and to assist in achieving a more effective hearing conservation program.
- Employee ability to properly fit hearing protection is evaluated before and after instruction
- Individual factors and concerns are addressed:
- Size and shape of ear canal
- Employee noise level exposures
- Employee work environment and process
- Individual hearing levels and critical communication needs
- Any hearing protection concerns expressed by the employee
- Over/Under protection scenarios are identified
- Results in more consistent and appropriate HPD use by employees
- Hearing protector fit is documented for each employee
- Final report includes individual reports/recommendations and general HPD selection recommendations for your company.
- Can be packaged with mobile testing and training or scheduled on a separate day
- Many clients pair this service with our Hearing Protector Selection and Fitting Workshop.
Have you ever wanted to know the actual level of noise reduction that each employee receives from their hearing protector? This objective measurement is now possible with FitCheck. Please read more about this service, which represents the “gold standard” of hearing protector fitting.