Hearing Protection

News & Articles

  • OSHA Cites Missouri Sawmill After Fatality

    OSHA has proposed penalties of $199,183 to the company for two repeated and 14 serious safety violations.

  • Data Show Increase in Hearing Loss in Oil and Gas Drilling Sector

    Hearing test data collected by British Columbia employers in the oil and gas drilling sector between 2012 and 2017 show that the percentage of workers who showed signs of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) has increased by 12 percent over those five years, from 33 percent in 2012 to 45 percent in 2017, according to WorkSafeBC.

  • OSHA in Milwaukee Construction Project Partnership

    The partners will develop safety and health training programs and procedures; identify and address common construction hazards, such as falls, electrical, silica, noise, and carbon monoxide exposure; and encourage workers to participate in employers' safety and health programs.

  • OSHA Cites Oregon Shipbuilder

    OSHA has issued $370,358 in proposed penalties to Vigor Marine Inc. and cited the company for 16 willful and serious violations following an inspection at the shipbuilder's Portland, Ore., facility.

  • Safe-in-Sound Award Partnership Expanded

    The Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award™ started in 2008 through a partnership of the federal agency and the National Hearing Conservation Association. Now, the partnership includes the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC).

  • NIOSH, OSHA Release Guidance on Ototoxicity

    Some ototoxic chemicals may exacerbate noise-induced hearing loss even though the noise level is below OSHA’s PEL, the document warns.


  • Providing the Best PPE Is No Guarantee: A Guide to Addressing Human Factors in your PPE Program

    Even the best PPE only works when worn—so how do you get workers to actually wear PPE all the time? PPE compliance is greatly influenced by a person’s state of mind, and being in a rush, frustrated, tired or complacent with hazards affects decisions around PPE compliance in critical moments. This paper addresses how to deal with human factors in your safety program to reduce injuries and improve PPE use among employees.

  • Combating Common Objections to Hearing Protection Wear

    Keeping workers properly protected from hazardous noise and motivated to wear their hearing protectors is a challenge for any safety manager. With proper training and ongoing encouragement, most workers do wear their earplugs or earmuffs on the job. However, there are always a few workers who feel compelled to raise objections instead of just donning their hearing protectors and getting on with the job.

  • Inside the EPA Proposed Change to the Noise Reduction Rating

    In anticipation of the EPA's expected change to the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR), Howard Leight has issued a brochure that explains known details of the proposed changes for hearing protectors. Titled, "Inside the EPA's Proposed Change to the Noise Reduction Rating," the brochure is designed as a handy information resource for safety managers, providing background on the impending new rating system and the ANSI testing protocols on which it is expected to be based.


  • Multilingual Hearing Instructions

    One of the challenges of occupational health testing today is language barriers — two out of every 25 people in the U.S. are not proficient in English. Benson Medical responds to this challenge by providing audio instructions and printable reports in 21 different languages for both hearing and pulmonary function testing.

  • Peltor Earmuffs X Series: Listen to the Future

    3M™ Peltor™ X Series Earmuffs protect workers in a variety of harsh enviroments with the most advanced technology on the market. Listen to the future. Protect your hearing today.

  • Buy Quiet Construction Video

    This 2014 NIOSH video provides an overview of Buy Quiet initiatives and resources to construction company owners, employees, subcontractors, purchasers and suppliers of power tools and equipment, and to the general community. Buy Quiet addresses the vision of eliminating noise hazards early in the life cycle of power tools and equipment, thus reducing the risk of occupational hearing loss among operators and nearby workers. Companies are encouraged to implement Buy Quiet within their organization as any company whose workers are subjected to hazardous noise exposures can benefit from Buy Quiet initiatives. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/buyquiet for more information.