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HEARING PROTECTION

EARPLUGS

Disposable earplugs are single-use corded or uncorded. Single-use earplugs are perfect for environments where hygiene is important.

Reusable earplugs are multiple-use and washable. They are available either corded or uncorded. Multiple-use earplugs are an affordable choice for environments where earplugs can be stored and reused.

Banded earplugs are attached to a band designed to keep the earpods from touching surfaces when set down. Because they can be easily removed and refitted, they are perfect for intermittent use.

Corded earplugs feature earpods attached to each other with a durable cord that reduces the risks of losing them when not in use.

Uncorded earplugs are individually used and are not attached.

Expandable earplugs are constructed of foam. They can be flattened for insertion and expand to fit snugly inside the ear canal.

Pre-molded earplugs are constructed of plasic or rubber. Because they do not conform to the shape of the ear canal, the correct size must be ordered.

High-visibility or metal detectable earplugs are easily detected visually and/or with metal detectors to prevent product contamination.

EARMUFFS

Sound management earmuffs block harmful noise while letting in alarms, warnings and voices.

Radio earmuffs play AM/FM radio while still blocking noise and letting in alarms, warnings and voices.

Dielectric earmuffs guard workers in electrical environments.

Cap-mounted earmuffs attach to safety helmet.

Neckband earmuffs have a support band that is worn around the neck.

Headband earmuffs have a support band that is worn over the head. They cannot be worn over a safety helmet.

Multiple-position earmuffs can be worn over-the-head, behindthe-neck or under-the-chin.

High-visibility earmuffs are easy to see outdoors or areas with low light.

CHART

EARPLUGS

(Fit inside ear canal)

EARMUFFS

USE

Single-Use/
Disposable
Multiple-Use/
Reusable
Sound
Management
Radio Dielectric

Wear

Banded
Corded
Uncorded
Cap-Mounted
Headband
Multiple Position

Conditions

Hot/Humid Climate
Cold Climate
Low-Light
Detectable
Dirty Environment
Hygienic Concerns
Constant Noise
Intermittent Noise
Impact Noise

Features

Pre-molded
Expandable
Adjustable

NOISE LEVEL - NOISE REDUCTION RATING(NRR)

(Worker's exposure to noise) = (Total noise level) - (NRR of hearing protector)
Faint Moderate Very Loud Extremely Loud Painful
30 dB = Whisper, quiet library 40 dB = Quiet Room
50 dB = Moderate Rainfall
60 dB = Dishwasher
70 dB = Vacuum Cleaner
80 dB = Busy Street
90 dB = Lawn mower
100 dB = Chain Saw
110 dB = Machinery
120 dB = Car Stereo
130 dB = Jackhammer
140 dB = Firearms
150 dB = Rock Concerts