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Effective way to measure noise exposure

31-08-2010
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Effective way to measure noise exposure

 

Essential workplace tool … the Quietdose Personal Dosimeter from Howard Leight
 
The Quietdose Personal Dosimeter, from Howard Leight by Honeywell is a new and essential addition to any workplace Hearing Conservation Program. 
 
It’s estimated that 1 million Australians are exposed to hazardous levels of noise at work. And according to Safework Australia at least $30 million is paid annually in compensation to workers suffering hearing complaints. 
 
The Quietdose is designed to deal with the problem before it occurs.
 
Quietdose is an “in-ear” dosimetry device that measures the noise that workers hear accurately and in real time. 
 
By avoiding costly engineering changes  and accurately measuring noise exposure at its source, employers can make significant savings and taking steps to adjust workers hearing protection.
 
In-ear dosimetry is a relatively new concept to the industry. 
 
Traditional dosimetry devices measure the ambient noise around the worker and then make assumptions or estimates about the sounds that impact the wearer’s ear.  
 
Quietdose goes one step further by measuring the noise hitting the wearer’s eardrum. It is essentially a hearing protector that measures itself, taking the guesswork out of traditional dosimetry by providing truly accurate data that can be used to adjust hearing protection immediately.
 
The data allows supervisors to respond when an alarm is activated if the worker is getting close to the safe noise limit. 
 
The Quietdose measures the “dose” of noise a worker is hearing over the course of the day and can be programmed to send an SMS or email alerting the supervisor if workers are being overexposed to noise. 
 
Studies show that noise exposure is the most common cause of occupational hearing loss and that most hearing loss occurs in the first 5-10 years of exposure. 
 
Quietdose can be used to overcome this serious issue by being used to train new employees on how to use their hearing protection properly from day one. 
 
While hearing loss is entirely preventable, once accquired it is irreversible, making the Quietdose Personal Dosimeter an essential workplace tool you cannot afford to ignore. 
 
Honeywell Safety Products
Ph: 1300 139 166

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