Noise Regulation and Hearing Protection
Hearing protection is important. Ultimate manufacture and supply custom made hearing protection to help organisations ensure the products they supply conform to the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. As of April 6th 2006 it became law for employers to supply hearing protection if staff are exposed to 85dB or more of noise (daily or weekly average exposure). This is the equivalent of standing on a busy residential road. All hearing protection must be fully certified to ensure employees do not suffer loss to their hearing and/or develop tinnitus (permanent ringing in the ears). Legally, as an employer, you must assess and identify measures to eliminate or at least reduce risks from exposure to noise in order to protect the hearing of your employees.
All of our hearing protection products at Ultimate are manufactured to the highest standards in the UK by ourselves. These products have been independently tested in the UK for compliance to EN 352-2 Category III (latest standard April 2019) and carry full CE certification. Ultimate Ear Protection are an ISO accredited company.
If you would like any further information about how Ultimate Ear Protection can help you or your employees with any hearing protection requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us on either 01689 876885, or by emailing [email protected].
Why Custom Made Hearing Protection?
Our custom made hearing protection is used by health and safety conscious blue chip companies through to owner operations. Indeed, as testament to our ingenuity, we’ve even designed specific industrial hearing protection to be detectable, a necessity in the food and beverage industry.
Previous studies have shown that one half of workers that wear generic hearing protection receive half or less of the protection they should. This is because their ear defender devices are not worn correctly or continuously due to improper or uncomfortable fit. To efficiently conform to health and safety regulations, ear plugs that are comfortable, fit every time and that are easy to use are a necessity.
Effective factory communication is the lifeblood of successfully running a factory. It connects employees, fosters teambuilding, facilitates change and drives business results in any situation. No matter how you look at it, communication is an integral part of a company’s landscape and cannot be taken for granted. This is why ultimate design and manufacture custom hearing protection that work in conjunction with radio and telephone communications. Furthermore, we will offer custom earplugs that offer the correct attenuation for your work environment, ensuring your employees are not over or under protected and can still communicate effectively.
Benefits of our Custom made Earplugs
- Our products can be worn for long periods without any discomfort due to the softness of the medical grade silicone we use and the attention to detail in our impression taking/ manufacturing processes
- They defend against hazardous noises, but still allow the wearer to hear conversation and warning signals.
- Can be fitted with filters to provide varying levels of protection tailored to the noise levels within your specific industrial situation/environment.
- Will not degrade and will provide years of use (most users replace after five years).
- Are manufactured from our unique ‘squidgy’ material, a medical grade silicone which is easy to clean.
- Can be combined with radio and telecommunications technologies for numerous communications and entertainment applications.
- Our custom earplugs can be supplied using our revolutionary detection system – an absolute necessity in the in the food and beverage industry.
- Are available to purchase through our unique interest free payment plan, allowing you to spread the cost of your investment.
Cost Effective and Environmentally Friendly Hearing Protection
As well as being extremely comfortable for users, custom made hearing protection in extremely cost effective in comparison to generic/disposable hearing protection. Our custom made products last for up to five years (this is when adult ears can start to change shape), in this period, one factory worker who works 240 days a year and uses 2 sets of disposable earplugs a day will use 2400 sets of disposable earplugs. As you can imagine, this implicates a huge cost saving for employers when considering the average pair of disposable plugs cost around 10 or 15p. For a more detailed example of the cost savings you could incur by switching to custom made earplugs please see the below document.
Furthermore, as you can imagine, the environmental impact of disposable earplugs is also very negative. Ultimate’s earplugs are reusable and come packaged in a high quality, durable pouch. Disposable earplugs often come packaged in plastic packaging, considering the average worker may use 2400 sets in a five year period, this can be extremely detrimental for the environment. To put it into perspective, if 100 workers each used 2400 sets of disposable earplugs in a five year period, this equates to around 50kg of non-recyclable waste.
Ultimate are very proud to continue working with several multinational businesses who are passionate about protecting the hearing of their employees. Our satisfied clients include
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Crown Packaging
- Aston Martin
- Balfour Beatty
- British Transport Police
- West Mercia Police
- Eurotunnel and many more
If you would like to be sent any testimonials from our clients we will be more than happy to help. Please email [email protected]
In terms of the process, it is reasonably straightforward. Ultimate will agree some dates to visit your site to take the ear impressions of your employees. We can attend your site at any time of day, 24/7 in order to ensure we capture all your workers, no matter what shift patterns they work. We will then use these impressions to manufacture bespoke hearing protection for your employees, the typical lead time for manufacturing is 14 days from the date of the final site visit.
Ultimate maintain the initial impressions and store them safely at our manufacturing headquarters in Kent. This ensures we can quickly manufacture new sets if any of your employees lose or damage their custom made earplugs by Ultimate, ensuring your employees are never without custom hearing protection for too long. Ultimate can visit your site at any future date to take the impressions of any new workers you may have.
All of our products come equipped with a cleaning tool, pouch, wipes and lubricants to ensure they are easily kept in a clean condition and can be fitted correctly at all times.
Ultimate can also organise noise surveys if this is something that you require.
If you would like to discuss any specific requirements you may have, please do not hesitate to contact us on either 01689 876885, or by email [email protected].