Onsite Ear plug fit testing

Ear plug fit testingCHP provides ear plug fit testing to measure the fit of your workers’ preferred hearing protection.

A 20-30 minute test will provide each worker with an indication of the actual amount of protection their hearing protection ear plug provides while also providing extra 1:1 training on how to best fit their personal ear plugs.

Benefits of ear plug fit testing

Many workplaces expose workers to loud noise that will damage hearing, sometimes in a very short time, if suitable Personal Hearing Protection (PHP) is not used.

Accordingly employers provide hearing protection expecting that they are providing “suitable” protection. However, studies have shown that even after extensive training some workers get less than 50% of the product claimed attenuation due to a poor fit.

Ear plug fit testing benefits safety managers and workers alike.

  • For the safety manager, it fulfills regulatory requirements for training with documented results.
  • For workers, it demonstrates the importance of proper hearing protection in the workplace and helps them to ensure the best fit for their preferred PHP.

Fit testing of hearing protection bridges the gap between the laboratory estimates of attenuation and the attenuation achieved by workers as they normally wear their protectors in the real-world.

Additionally, ear plug fit testing can be an invaluable tool in reducing compensation claims for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) at the workplace.

Fit testing records can help document that effective steps were taken to select appropriate hearing protections, train workers in their proper use, and to document a proper fit with a particular protector. This type of documentation is very useful for hearing conservation programs.

Fit testing of ear plugs is mandatory on a number of Australian work sites and is required in many different industries. You can find out more in the

Australian Standards AS/NZ 1269.3:2005 Occupational Noise Management, Part 3 Hearing Protector Program.

Find out more about how CHP can help you manage your ear plug fit testing, onsite WorkCover audiometric testing or WorkSafe noise surveys .