Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive adopted by the European Council in 1989 is to be superseded in April 2018 by a new PPE Regulation (EU)2016/425. The new regulation has been created to enhance consumer safety and ensure fair competition between companies who provide the best PPE for their sector.
Changes made to this new Regulation include moving Hearing Protection from Category II to Category III. This category exclusively includes the risk that harmful noise may cause very serious consequences such as irreversible damage to health. The PPE Regulation does not apply to the armed forces or those in the maintenance of law and order. Health and Safety officers, from April 2018, must also make sure that the hearing protection products used by employees comply with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation (EU)2016/425. European standards have high status globally for being effective in setting performance levels and are used in many countries where they do not have their own product standards.
All ACS hearing protection products conform to these standards accordingly and hold EU Type Examination certification.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 came into force for all industry sectors in Great Britain on 6 April 2006 and for the music and entertainment sectors in April 2008. The aim of the Noise Regulations is to ensure that workers' hearing is protected from excessive noise at their place of work, which could cause noise induced hearing loss and/or tinnitus.
The sound pressure level at which employers must assess the risk to workers' hearing health is 80 decibels (A). Hearing protection must be made available upon request. The sound pressure level, as a daily or weekly average exposure, at which employers by Law must provide hearing protection and install its compulsory use is 85 decibels (A). To discover your exposure time with and without hearing protection see our Safe Exposure Calculator.
Hearing protection must be suitable, sufficient, fit for purpose and certified. All ACS certified products conform to BS EN 352-2*. Many thousands of people are exposed to loud noise at work that may be a risk to their hearing. Compliance with these regulations allow workers' hearing to be protected so they can;
Work Safe Today and still Hear Tomorrow!
If you have a duty of care and legal obligation to protect your employees’ hearing please contact us so we can advise on the best solution for you.
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