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Blue Type IIR Certified Disposable Face Masks  —  Box of 50 | Fluid Resistant 3ply Surgical Mask with Ear Loops

Blue Type IIR Certified Disposable Face Masks — Box of 50 | Fluid Resistant 3ply Surgical Mask with Ear Loops

Soft Ear Plugs

£0.30 £0.25

Durable polyurethane foam earplugs; bright-coloured for quick checks, optimal 36db noise reduction. Universal fit; superior comfort for high-noise environments.

Availability: In stock
SKU
EARPLU001
 

Earplugs to support workplace hearing protection. Wear them with or without ear muffs for tailored PPE.

Our earplugs, meticulously crafted from durable polyurethane foam, stand as a testament to material excellence, promising both longevity and consistent protection. Their bright colours ensure easy identification, streamlining compliance checks in professional settings. The combination of soft, slow recovery foam with a smooth texture guarantees superior comfort for extended periods. Designed with a universal tapered shape, they effortlessly adapt to a myriad of ear shapes, ensuring an excellent fit for all users. And, with a noise reduction rating of 36db, they are optimal supplementary PPE in high-noise environments, from bustling factories to pulsating music festivals.

Why Should you Choose These Soft Ear Plugs?

  • Noise Reduction: Reduction of up to 36db for workplace safety and comfort in loud environments.
  • String Attachment: Both ear plugs are kept together by a string; never lose one plug, and ensure they’re easy to remove.
  • Material Excellence: Crafted from polyurethane foam, ensuring durability and longevity.
  • Easy Identification: Bright colours make for swift compliance checks without any hassle.
  • Superior Comfort: Soft, slow recovery foam combined with a smooth texture guarantees lasting ease and comfort.
  • Universal Fit: With a tapered design, these earplugs adapt seamlessly to various ear shapes, providing an optimum fit.
  • Optimal Protection: Designed specifically for high-noise environments, these earplugs safeguard your hearing impeccably.

What are Soft Ear Plugs used for?

Ear plugs serve a dual purpose. Primarily, they protect users from harmful noise levels in the workplace, preventing hearing loss and conditions like tinnitus. Moreover, they shield ears from water, dust, foreign objects, and strong winds. Unlike bulkier ear defenders that sit outside the ear, ear plugs are inserted into the ear canal, offering enhanced hearing protection, especially in zones of intense noise. Their compact nature makes them compatible with other protective equipment, like goggles and helmets. For those in warmer climates, ear plugs are a preferred choice, as they remain comfortable even in heat, unlike ear defenders.

How to use the Soft Ear Plugs

How to use

  • Preparation: Begin by washing and drying your hands thoroughly. Ensure the area around your ear opening is clean and devoid of moisture.
  • Shaping: Mold the earplug into a rounded shape.
  • Insertion: Position the earplug over the ear opening and gently press to create an airtight seal, making sure to avoid hair.
  • Removal: Push slightly forward behind the ear, then gently tug down on the earlobe until the seal releases. Carefully pull the earplug away from the ear opening.

Maintenance & Reusability

To reuse, simply roll and reshape the earplug with clean hands. When the earplug becomes dirty or loses its stickiness, discard it.

Hazards and Cautions

Always utilise the entire earplug. Do not break it into smaller fragments. Using reduced-sized plugs can result in them getting trapped in the ear canal, potentially harming the ear. If fragments of the earplug become lodged inside the ear canal, seek medical attention promptly.

What's in this kit?

This kit is based on our best-selling HSE First Aid Kit, which was made especially for low-risk businesses to take care of all their first aid needs in one go. The items in this kit are recommended by the Health and Safety Executive to ensure regular businesses without any outstanding risks are covered and compliant with health and safety laws.

Item

Quantity

Packaging

First Aid Emergency Leaflet

1

N/A

Vinyl Gloves (pair)

1

Paper wallet

Washproof plasters

20

Card wallet

Safety pins (pack)

1

N/A

Triangular bandage

4

Loose paper wrap

Alcohol-free wipes

10

Laminate sachet

Wound dressing (large)

2

Paper packet

Wound dressing (medium)

6

Paper packet

Wound dressing (eyepad)

2

Paper packet

You can also order refills for this kit on our website. Keep your kit stocked with low-plastic alternatives at all times.

Product Specifications

SpecificationDetails
Material

Polyurethane Foam

Colour

Bright Yellow (For Easy Identification)

Design

Tapered for Universal Fit

Noise Reduction

36db

What's in this kit?

This kit is based on our best-selling HSE First Aid Kit, which was made especially for low-risk businesses to take care of all their first aid needs in one go. The items in this kit are recommended by the Health and Safety Executive to ensure regular businesses without any outstanding risks are covered and compliant with health and safety laws.

Item

Quantity

Packaging

First Aid Emergency Leaflet

1

N/A

Vinyl Gloves (pair)

1

Paper wallet

Washproof plasters

20

Card wallet

Safety pins (pack)

1

N/A

Triangular bandage

4

Loose paper wrap

Alcohol-free wipes

10

Laminate sachet

Wound dressing (large)

2

Paper packet

Wound dressing (medium)

6

Paper packet

Wound dressing (eyepad)

2

Paper packet

You can also order refills for this kit on our website. Keep your kit stocked with low-plastic alternatives at all times.

Where Can the Soft Ear Plugs be used?

Earplugs are an essential tool for safeguarding one's hearing, especially in environments characterised by persistent or sudden loud noises. Here's a deeper dive into their utility across various settings:

  • Industrial & Work Settings (Construction sites, Workshops, Factories, Manufacturing Units, Labs): These environments often involve heavy machinery, power tools, or processes that emit high-decibel noises. Business owners have a duty of care to protect their employees' hearing under health and safety regulations. By providing ear protection, they not only ensure a safer workplace but also demonstrate a commitment to employee wellbeing. Workers, on their part, should take the responsibility to wear such protective equipment consistently, ensuring they reduce the risk of long-term hearing damage.
  • Music & Entertainment (Festivals, Gigs, Clubs): In these settings, the intensity of music and sound effects can sometimes surpass safe hearing levels. While these venues offer an immersive experience, prolonged exposure without ear protection can lead to temporary or even permanent hearing loss. Venue owners and event organisers should consider offering ear protection as part of their duty of care to both employees and visitors. Attendees, whether they're staff or the public, should be proactive in considering their auditory health, possibly carrying their own earplugs if they frequent such environments often.

What the UK Business Owners Need to Know about Hearing Protection

In the bustling soundscape of the modern workplace, UK business owners bear a significant responsibility to protect their employees' hearing and, thus, their overall well-being. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 has set forth guidelines to safeguard auditory health, and understanding them is crucial for any business.

Your Legal Obligations

The regulations, effective from 2006 and extended to the music and entertainment sectors in 2008, are clear:

  • Risk Assessment: Assess and identify risks from noise exposure in your workplace.
  • Noise Reduction: Make sincere efforts to reduce noise exposure. This could be by modifying, replacing, or maintaining equipment. Some noisy machinery might require enclosure for muffling.
  • Ear Protection: Should be provided if noise exposure cannot be significantly reduced. When daily noise levels hit 85dB(A), ear protection isn't just optional - it's compulsory and should be worn.
  • Zoning: Mark areas clearly where ear protection is mandatory.
  • Training & Information: Ensure workers are well-informed about the risks and protective measures.
  • Health Surveillance: If your employees are exposed to high noise levels, regular hearing tests are mandatory. Maintain records, inform them about their results, and provide medical advice for any hearing loss.

Action Thresholds

There are exposure limits, termed action values:

  • Lower Exposure Action Value: Daily/weekly exposure of 80 dB.
  • Upper Exposure Action Value: Daily/weekly exposure of 85 dB.

Reaching the lower threshold necessitates providing relevant information on risks and protective measures. At the upper threshold, wearing ear protection becomes non-negotiable.

The absolute limit, after considering hearing protection, is a daily or weekly exposure of 87 dB and a peak sound pressure of 140 dB.

Understanding Ear Protection

Ear protection isn't a first line of defence, but it becomes pivotal when other noise reduction strategies fall short. Various factors influence their selection, such as the noise's frequency, the need to hear other sounds, and wear duration.

The effectiveness of ear protection, termed "attenuation", varies with frequency. Manufacturers usually indicate a single simplified noise-level reduction (SNR), typically between 20 and 30 dB. However, real-world scenarios might offer less protection than manufacturer data suggests. The HSE proposes assuming a 4dB less protection than advertised due to factors like incorrect fitting or interference from other personal protective equipment.

There are two primary forms of hearing protection:

  • Earplugs: These are diverse, with some designed merely to reduce background noise. To be effective against harmful noise, they should offer an SNR of at least 20dB.
  • Earmuffs: Ideal for high-level noise, providing reductions up to 30dB. However, they might interfere with the perception of other essential sounds. In exceptionally noisy environments, combining earmuffs with earplugs offers optimal protection.

When to Seek Medical Assistance

Should you experience discomfort, itching, pain, or any uncommon reactions during or after wearing the earplugs, consult with a medical professional promptly. If you face difficulty in removing the earplugs or if small fragments break off inside the ear, it's essential to see a doctor immediately. Furthermore, if you're unsure about the right ear protection tailored to your needs, professional advice can direct you aptly. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The earplugs are crafted from durable polyurethane foam.

The bright colouration aids in easy identification during compliance checks, ensuring the correct usage in regulated environments.

Yes, with proper care and handling, these earplugs are reusable. Ensure you roll and reshape them with clean hands before each use and discard them when they become soiled or lose their stickiness.

They are ideal for noisy environments such as construction sites, factories, workshops, and entertainment venues like festivals, clubs, and gigs.

Unlike ear defenders that sit outside the ear, earplugs are inserted into the ear canal. This often offers superior hearing protection in extremely noisy areas and provides a more comfortable option in warmer climates.

Always use the entire earplug without splitting it. Using smaller fragments can lead to them getting lodged in the ear canal. If this occurs, it's essential to seek medical attention.

These earplugs come with a tapered design, adapting seamlessly to various ear shapes. Just mould them into a rounded shape and gently press them against the ear opening, ensuring an airtight seal.

It's time to replace your earplugs when they become dirty, lose their stickiness, or no longer form an effective seal in your ear.

While primarily designed for noise protection, these earplugs can also shield ears from water, dust, and foreign objects. However, always ensure a proper fit to prevent water intrusion.

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