Hearing protection in food manufacturing
Nearly every food manufacturing facility produces sound. From manufacturing plants that include beverage processing, food processing, food packing, or even pharmaceutical manufacturing, hearing protection is required for all employees working in hazardous noise over 85 dB (as per CSA Hearing Protection Standard Z94.2).
Providing proper hearing protection for employees can be challenging especially when this type of facility requires strict health, sanitation and safety requirements. This is why metal detectable earplugs can be the ideal method of hearing protection in food manufacturing facilities—and they offer more than just hearing protection.
How metal detectable earplugs serve a dual purpose
Employee productivity is crucial to any company’s success. When employees wear earplugs that fit properly:
- they are less likely to remove the earplugs due to discomfort
- it is less likely for the earplugs to accidentally contaminate food
This is why it is so important for employees to have a selection of metal detectable earplugs that fit properly, feel comfortable and provide the right level of protection (attenuation). This decreases the chances of earplugs entering the food supply and increases employee compliance.
How to choose the right metal detectable earplugs for your workers
Unlike the majority of metal detectable earplugs on the market, 3M metal detectable earplugs are popular among food manufacturing facilities because they can be objectively, and quickly, fit tested with the 3M™ E-A-Rfit Dual-Ear Validation System to help ensure the worker has proper hearing protection. This system determines a worker’s Personal Attenuation Rating (PAR) and makes it easier to find the best-fitting earplug for that individual.
3M metal detectable earplugs come in numerous styles, including Foam Roll Down, Push-to-Fit, and Reusable—all to increase employee comfort. Providing employees with a variety of earplug selections can help ensure workers are properly protected.
To learn more about metal detectable earplugs, please visit 3M.ca/Hearing.