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Hearing Conservation

Ear plugs are important!

• Use earplugs or earmuffs to protect you from loud noises.

• Long term exposure to 80-85 decibels or more can cause hearing loss without protection. It is not recommended to be exposed to 100 decibels without any protection for more than 15 minutes. Hearing loss can be permanent.

• Decibel levels of common sounds:

• Aircraft takeoff: 180

• Chainsaw: 110

• Amplified music: 110

• Lawnmower: 90

• Normal conversation: 60

• Signs of noise being too loud at workplace:

• Ringing or humming in your ears when you leave work.

• You have to shout to hear coworkers at arms-length away.

• You experience temporary hearing loss when you leave work.

Properly wearing ear plugs:

Rubber Style Ear plugs.

1. Reach over your head and pull the top of the ear outward and upward.

2. With the other hand grasp the ear plug handle and gently push and rock into ear canal until a good seal is made.

3. Adjust to the greatest noise reduction.

4. Remove with a slow twisting motion to break seal.

Foam Style Ear Plugs.

1. Roll the plug into a small cylinder.

2. Reach overhead and pull the top of the ear outward and upward.

3. Insert the plug in the ear canal.

4. Hold it in the ear canal until the plug expands and a good seal is made.

5. Remove with a slow twisting motion to break seal.

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