When it comes to providing employees with Industrial Hearing Protection, it usually comes down to cost savings first and then performance, Green Footprint, etc.
There should be a lot more that goes into this buying decision of Industrial Hearing Protection, but we usually don’t find that EHS people consider all that is involved in the process.
There actually is a process in buying Custom Industrial Hearing Protection, and it is discussed in the great Article on the Industrial Hearing Protection Ear Plug Buying Cycle.
Once you see how involved it is, take a minute and Read How to Chose the Right Earplug.
This helps you understand exactly what kind of Industrial Hearing Protection is available for each and every different situation that you might have at your workplace.
If it were just a cost assessment option, then no one would ever buy a generic solution ever again. This is the most expensive way to outfit your hearing protection program. It is waste full, environmentally unfriendly, very painful for the employee and just doesn’t work very well.
There are always threshold shifts and hearing damage issues every year. It is so bad now that there are lawsuits holding the earplug companies accountable because the hearing protection that they were using actually allowed hearing damage to continue to occur.
This sounds like because we sell Custom Industrial Hearing Protection that we are trying to talk bad about these companies and yes it is true. They just don’t work.
The reason it is still the way it is done is in 10 minutes just by buying a few boxes of earplugs passing them out your have satisfied the OSHA regulations of starting a hearing conservation program.