The legal basis for workplace noise is directive 2003/10/EC.
|Noise level||Classification||Example||Actions to be taken under directive 2003/10/EC|
|Up to 20 dB (A)||Auditory threshold||Forest noise, soft whisper|
|20 - 50 dB (A)||Enjoyable||Alarm clocks, quiet radio, background noise|
|50 -75 dB (A)||Harmless|
|80 dB (A)||Lower trigger value for an 8-hour working day.||loud conversation, passing cars||From this on limit, ear protection must be provided. To ear protection in our online shop|
|85 dB (A)||Upper trigger value for an 8-hour working day.||Turning shop, boring shop||From 85 dB (A) ear protection must be worn! Work areas must be marked as noise areas! Find danger signs in our online shop|
|Ab 100 dB (A)||Extremely loud! Short stays can cause hearing loss and buzzing ears.||Power saw, angle grinder, passing trucks|
|Ab 160 dB (A)||Immediate physical damage||Blacksmith hammer, gun bang|
What is the SNR value?
Ear protection must reduce the so-called SNR value (Single Number Rating) to below 85 dB (A). If there is noise at the workplace of 100 dB (A) and the ear protection has an SNR value of 23 dB, then the subsequent hearing load is 77 dB, so below the legal limit of 85 dB.
You will find the SNR value of our ear protection items in our online shop under the product description.
Ear protection in the workplace
- dampens the ambient noise
- protects against increasing hearing loss and permanent hearing damage
- reduces the noise of production, logistics centres and e.g. construction sites
- enables safe work
- reduces tiredness
- promotes concentrated work