Hearing Fit Testing

Hearing protection equipment provides protection for workers that are potentially exposed to excessive noise levels. The selection of hearing protection should be in compliance with the requirements of AS/NZS 1270 Acoustics – Hearing protectors.

To ensure the equipment (earplugs or earmuffs) is appropriate for the worker and the type of work involved, a Hearing Protection Fit Test should be undertaken.

A proper fit enables an adequate seal from a noisy environment. AS/NZS 1269.3:2005 Occupational Noise Management states that the fitting of a suitable hearing protector should be undertaken by an appropriately trained person with substantial knowledge of hearing protection.

An inappropriate fit can lead to a poor level of protection, compromising the effectiveness of the protective gear and potentially exposing workers to harmful levels of noise, which can result in hearing loss.

Hearing Fit Testing

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