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Hearing protection

When should hearing protection be used?

Hearing protection should be issued to employees:

You should not use hearing protection as an alternative to controlling noise by technical and organisational means.

Give HSE's pocket card Noise: Don't lose your hearing to your employees to remind them to wear their hearing protection. You can also order copies from HSE Books.

What does the law require employers to do?

You are required to:

How can hearing protection be used effectively?

Do:

Don't:

What about maintenance?

You will need to make sure that hearing protection works effectively and check that:

What checks do I have to make?

You need to make sure that employees use hearing protection when required to. You may want to:

Updated 2012-11-20