Safety Ear defenders, or often called earmuffs, are personal protective equipment (PPE) used to shield people from severe noise levels. Designed to protect ears from noise pollution by reducing the level of sound which reaches them. They have hard cups which fit over the ears, with soft cushions on the rims to comfortably grip them in place. By law, employers must eliminate or reduce the risk that employees face from exposure to loud noise, to help protect their hearing. Any protective equipment chosen by employers needs to reflect the level of risk to workers in that environment. Harmful noise is one of the top three hazards in the workplace. There are many ways to help noise reduction in the workplace, including silencers for loud machinery, but it is impossible to eliminate all hazards. That is why hearing protection is vital.
Here are some common tasks and environments safety ear defenders are used in: