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HSE - PPE is an unreliable risk reduction option

PPE hearing protection performance

Research by the Health and Safety Laboratory (report RR720) shows that the common assumption that PPE is a reliable “solution” to hearing damage risk problems is simply untrue, leaving many personnel still at risk and many companies open to claims. Some of the key findings of the research are:-

  • PPE in 25% of the companies visited was so ineffective that it was likely to result in negligible or no protection for most
  • Even in companies with effective PPE use, 14% of workers did not wear protectors when and where required
  • 40% of the workers who should have been wearing protectors got no protection at all

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