28 Feb 2019

Ear Moulding Training for Your Staff – For Custom Ear Plugs

Ear Moulding Training for Your Staff – For Custom Ear Plugs

There are lots of advantages to having custom-moulded earplugs to protect the hearing of your workers – e.g. quality, cost, the environment etc. and for the majority of customers our specialist ProtectHear® technicians will visit your site to take all the necessary ear impressions for you. We are more than happy to take responsibility for this on your behalf not only for your first batch of ear plugs but also for subsequent orders too. However, some organisations prefer to have the flexibility of handling the ear moulding process themselves, particularly for new employees joining and/or any urgent mouldings that may be necessary.

We Will Train Your Staff

For this reason ProtectHear® offers a half day ‘Ear Moulding’ training course for your Health & Safety /  Occupational Health operatives, which is free of charge, and includes:

  • Ear inspection procedures which must take place prior to moulding
  • Unique ear impression taking using a soft hypoallergenic silicone placed carefully into the ear in line with BSA Guidelines
  • Bagging up the impression moulds and labelling for shipping off to ProtectHear® HQ for production

At the end of the course trainees competent in the processes covered will receive a certificate and your company will have the flexibility of being able to take ear impressions for additional ear plug orders completely at your convenience. It takes a trained operative approximately 5-10 minutes to take each ear impression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ProtectHear Trainer

The ProtectHear® Technicians who deliver the training are highly experienced in all aspects of ProtectHear® ear plugs and hold BSA Certificates in Otoscopy and Ear Moulding.

The Toolbox Talk

In order for your workers to get the very best out of the hearing protection you are providing for them, in addition ProtectHear® offers ‘Toolbox Talks’ at your site for those currently using our custom moulded ear plugs, or those wanting to learn more about fitting and taking care of their ear plugs.

Great Savings

ProtectHear® ear plugs offer great savings compared to disposables as they come with a 5-year lifespan. You may find it interesting to calculate your savings and your pay-back period here using our ‘ProtecHear Costs Savings Calculator’.

Get in touch

We offer limited training days each month and they are available on a first come first served basis.

If you would like to know more about any aspect of ProtectHear® training or our products and services, please call 01507 604322 today during normal office hours or alternatively contact us via our online enquiry form here at any time.

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20 Dec 2018

Our brand new Fitting Video

Our brand new Fitting Video

We have developed a brand new animated fitting video, to show ProtectHear® users how to fit ProtectHear® custom ear plugs. This will help those that are new with the product, making the fitting and removal an easy process. The cleaning process is also shown explaining how to maintain the ear plugs to the correct standard.

This video expands on the first video we released earlier this year on ‘The ProtectHear® Process’. Where we showed how the impression of the ears are taken and the moulds manufactured. Fitting your ear protection correctly is very important to prevent claims of NIHL.

Both of these videos can be found on our YouTube Channel.

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24 Aug 2018

Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can have either a temporary or permanent effect on individuals. The main causes of hearing loss are excessive noise, aging or injury. Over 360 million of the world’s population have disabling hearing loss. It can also affect in Adults balance, mental health and risk of dementia. There are 4 types of hearing loss which are Auditory Processing Disorders, Conductive Hearing Loss, Sensorineural and mixed.

The signs to watch out for could be difficulty in hearing people clearly, listening to music at a high volume, having to focus on what people are saying and repetition of conversations. Using ear protection in a work or a social situation would be a solution to protecting your hearing from further damage. Also not inserting anything into the ears as this could make the loss worse. If any of the discussed applies then it is recommended to see a GP to see what they can advise.

Hearing aids can treat up to 95% of people that have hearing loss, if hearing aids aren’t appropriate then implants can be inserted into the ear. Alternatively if the hearing loss is too severe then sign language or lip reading may need adopting.

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30 Apr 2018

The Health and Safety Event 2018

The Health and Safety Event 2018

The Health and Safety Event was held once again at the NEC in Birmingham, this was the fourth time ProtectHear® has exhibited. The show entails 48 Conference and Seminar sessions, 45 engaging speakers, with 200 Exhibition stands and a footfall of over 6000 visitors. The event was organised by Western Business Exhibitions.

ProtectHear® was showcasing the products/services of the company to visitors with samples, communication accessories and brochures. Some companies are not aware of the great benefits in both protection and cost savings on ProtectHear® ear plugs. Our cost saving calculator helped people realise how much you can save with custom ear plugs over a 5 year period. Also illustrating this we had the disposable obelisk, which shows how many disposable ear plugs you’re using over the 5 year period, which is concerning considering the landfill.

Noise Induced Hearing Loss affects many people in the UK, getting the guaranteed protection is so important, especially as a report from the HSE shows that 60% of users don’t actually fit disposables correctly! It is also important to be protected but not over protected; this is why our ear plug has a vented system, allowing communication between employees, but ensuring you’re not over protected.

Our ‘Try Before you Buy’ is offered to companies to give them a chance of trialling up to 10 pairs over an 8 week period, with no obligation to buy. We have great confidence in our product and can even trial communication accessories alongside. This is supported by a toolbox talk.

ProtectHear® will be attending the Health and Safety North in October; you can keep updated on the Health and Safety Events website.

If you would like updates on the event day at the NEC use the #HSENEC or follow @HandS_Events on Twitter.

Check out the cost savings calculator.

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12 Jan 2018

Ear plugs in Rail

Ear plugs in Rail

Ear plugs are used in the rail sector to protect employees from harmful noises, yet still allowing users to hear conversation, warnings, signals and trains. Especially when you’re on the track, awareness of your surroundings is very important. The ear plugs are kept in throughout the working day so there is no need to remove them, providing comfort and compatibility with any other PPE.

We have been supplying the rail industry for 10 years now for companies such as Network Rail, GWR, Southern Railway and Chiltern Railways. We are the only approved supplier of custom ear plugs to Network Rail. This involved a series of product testing to check the standard. Starting off with an original trial and then turning into an approved supplier.

SpeakHear® communication systems can be hard wired from a radio to ProtectHear® ear plugs.

With our ‘Try before you Buy’ we can offer businesses our ear plugs and communication accessories on trial for 1-10 people. This includes the initial visit, toolbox talks and support throughout the trial period of 8 weeks. We had a feature in 2016 in The Rail Professional Yearbook.

Contact us for more details.

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19 Dec 2017

Hear ends 2017

As 2017 draws to a close we have had another busy year, to start the year off in February we featured in The Health and Safety Magazine, ‘Tomorrows Health & Safety’. With our column ‘No Need to Shout’, located on page 4 and written by our Managing Director Mick Whitaker. Mick gives an in depth article about NIHL (Noise Induced Hearing Loss), with how the effects are irreversible and how our product helps protect your hearing.

In March we attended the first of The Health and Safety Events at the NEC Birmingham. This event is organised by Western Business Exhibitions, bringing over 6000 visitors and 200 exhibition stands. Demonstrating our unique products/services to visitors with the significant costs savings compared to disposables.

In August we renewed our SafeContractor Scheme, making us compliant with Health and Safety regulations to enter our customers’ premises. There are more than 30,000 clients the SafeContractor has on the Scheme.

The Health and Safety North was in October which incorporated The Health and Safety Event and The Fire Safety Show, held in Manchester at Event City. With just 60% of workers actually fitting their hearing protection correctly, this is based on a HSE Report. There is a huge gap where employees need to be educating on hearing protection.

 

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