26 Feb 2018

What are the losses?

We find that losses of our ear plugs are around 2-3% per year. The original impressions are held for 5 years on file, so we can manufacture replacements. The losses are generally reducing, due to ProtectHear® educating the workforce with Toolbox Talks on our ear plugs.

Toolbox Talks are a great way of explaining to users how to fit, maintain and retain the ear plugs. Our pouch is equipped with a belt clip, so the user can keep the product on them at all times. You wouldn’t lose your phone, keys or wallet would you? So why would you lose our ear plugs! They are personalised to you and your company is giving you the opportunity to have the best quality hearing protection. The ear plugs being unique give users a sense of ownership.

We are happy to give companies a chance to trial our product with a sample of employees over an 8 week period, to show our commitment and confidence in the product. Supporting toolbox talks at the start of the trial, to take the first steps in the right direction.

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15 Dec 2017

We can help Deafness in the workplace

Deafness is caused by exposure to loud noises over a period of time or momentarily, the workplace is not allowed to reach over 140dB in any circumstance. The lowest action level is 80dB when hearing protection is made optional, 85dB is made mandatory.

In the workplace if you’re hard of hearing or nearly deaf, it is important to still be able to hear warnings. Disposables and ear defenders don’t provide this type of technology as they cut out the noise rather than allowing it in. If you wear your hearing aids this is just amplifying the sound and potentially is damaging what hearing you have left. We provide a product called CENS Proflex Industrial a personally moulded ear plug with an active filter, which allows you to hear amplified levels of noise. The ear plugs have a 31SNR protection level and 220 hours of battery life. They feature 3 levels of volume control Level 1 5dB, Level 2 11dB and Level 3 18dB.

The technology instantly shuts down when any loud noises that occur, after doing so the volume returns to the previous setting. It is a type of industrial hearing aid, allowing communication and stopping anymore damage to your hearing.

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30 Nov 2017

ProtectHear® Toolbox Talks

ProtectHear® Toolbox Talks

We understand that with anything new it always takes time to get used to, that’s why we take our commitment one step further. Whenever a trial is due to commence we always offer a toolbox talk to companies, to demonstrate how our ear plugs are fitted, maintained and what qualities they offer. We believe it is very important for people to have a clear understanding of the product at the very start of the trial.

Involved in this is education as well, to explain to people that hearing damage is irreversible with Noise Induced Hearing Loss and Tinnitus being the main problems. Noise Induced Hearing Loss is the end result of loud noise exposure. If you feel that you have to turn music up louder and ask people to repeat themselves, this could be the lead cause. Whereas Tinnitus causes ringing in your ears, this again is a result of loud noise, affecting around 10% of the UKs population.

ProtectHear® ear plugs are kept in a pouch with a belt clip, for users to keep on them at all times, eliminating the standard throw away disposables for a more personal experience. With our trial we give a trial welcome pack, this is to have knowledge on how to fit, clean and for education purposes.

Find out more about our ‘Try Before you Buy’.

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27 Oct 2017

The Health and Safety North Review

The Health and Safety North Review

The Health and Safety North brings with it over 200 exhibition stands, seminars and 2000 visitors. The event was established in 2007 and this year coincided with The Fire Safety North. Western Business Exhibitions re located the venue after many years at Bolton to EventCity in Manchester this year, to offer ease of access to those visiting.

The HSE report real world use of and performance of hearing protection shows that just 60% of workers are correctly fitting their disposables. Under protecting is a concern but over protecting is as well, as you need employees to be aware of noise from forklifts, alarm signals and interaction with colleagues.

ProtectHear® was established in April 2000 by Directors Richard Potter and Mick Whitaker, over the years becoming one of the UK’s leading custom ear plugs provider. Network Rail, Weetabix and British Steel are a few of our customers. We pride ourselves on our great service and education.

ProtectHear® offers a vented product that attenuates noises to a safe level, so users have no need to remove their hearing protection. This feature is useful in all noisy industries such as rail, highways and manufacturing. With a lifespan of 5 years ProtectHear® has a return on investment compared to disposables normally within 18 months, you can calculate your savings with our cost savings calculator. To show our confidence we offer a ‘Try Before you Buy’ to companies looking for solutions. A supported toolbox talk is also provided to educate employees on the trial and the benefits.

ProtectHear® will be visiting The Health and Safety Event again next year which will be taking place on the 10th – 12th April 2018, at The NEC in Birmingham. Check out more details of the event on the website.

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31 Jul 2017

ProtectHear® Trial Pack

ProtectHear® Trial Pack

Our ‘Try Before you Buy’ is very popular amongst new customers, as you can experience the benefits of our products. You can have between 3-10 people on a trial for up to an 8 week period. With the option at the conclusion of the trial being either payment for the trial pairs and keeping the ProtectHear® ear plugs or returning with no cost incurred. You can trial communication accessories as well with the same terms.

We have developed a Trial Pack with all the information customers require, such as a coordinator letter and a trial guide for users. The trial letter has useful information regarding our company, trial instructions and how we will help throughout the process. The trial guide has instructions on how to use the ear plugs, FAQs and feedback sheets. This includes the option of a toolbox talk, where we come onto site and explain how the ear plugs work, how to fit them and the benefits.

This pack is designed to ensure the trial runs smoothly for you the customer, giving the upmost confidence in the trial and product. After the trial as a new customer you have our continued support with our product, education and service.

To find out more about the ‘Try Before you Buy’ click here.

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30 May 2017

Ear plugs take to the track

Ear plugs take to the track

Our ear plugs are supplied to many Rail transport companies, Network Rail have been a customer with us for many years. Being an approved supplier we work continuously with a good working relationship to provide Network Rail a great product and service.

ProtectHear® ear plugs are great for working on track and being aware of your surroundings, of work colleagues and train signals. Not over protecting, users can still hear noises at a safe level. Made from a soft hypoallergenic silicone which makes it comfortable for users to wear throughout the day, they cannot harbour bacteria through the product itself.

Supplied with a pouch, belt clip, and user manual, allowing new users to easily pick up how the product works and how to fit. We make it easy for our customers as we come to site and take impressions with no extra cost for this service. Our ear plugs do not interfere with any other PPE worn. Having a lifespan of 5 years our product is more than just PPE to users; it has more of a sense of ownership.

Every business has an opportunity to have a ‘Try Before you Buy’ so you can experience the difference our ear plugs can make in your company.

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