The Control of Noise at Work Regulations Act 2005 requires businesses to eliminate or reduce risks to health and safety from noise at work. With an upturn in noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) litigation claims, SMEs should look to safeguard themselves and their employees
Since 2012, more than 200,000 claims for NIHL have been submitted.  Organisations can also expect to incur further costs, such as uninsured losses and loss of reputation, if they fail to adequately protect their workforce.
But by selecting suitable hearing protective equipment (HPE) businesses can go one step further. Whether for a small team or a large group, investing in 3M PELTOR technology, created by science-based technology company 3M, can help businesses promote health and safety, ensure legal compliance and boost workforce productivity.
An estimated 15,000 people working during the last year suffered from NIHL (new as well as longstanding cases) caused or made worse by work, based on data from the Labour Force Survey (averaged over 2011/12, 2013/14 and 2014/15), equating to a rate of 48 cases per 100,000 people employed in the last 12 months. 
But addressing these hazards shouldn’t be seen as a regulatory burden. Selecting the right PPE offers other business benefits, including reduced costs and risks, a better reputation for corporate responsibility and increased productivity, with happier, healthier and more motivated workers. 3M PELTOR headsets have been designed and built around the wearers’ needs.
3M PELTOR LiteCom Headsets
PELTOR LiteCom Headsets provide protection while enabling easy communication in noisy environments through an innovative built-in two-way radio feature. This means workers should never need to remove their protection in harmful environments. Removing hearing protectors for even a short time reduces their effectiveness and increases the risk of hearing damage. The two-way radio solution encourages longer use because wearers feel less isolated and can communicate more easily.
The headset also cuts down on lost time by helping workers deal with unexpected situations quickly and flexibly. Moreover, using a two-way radio communication headset can improve productivity by 380 minutes per week.  With a range of up to 1,000 metres, the hands-free and wire-free headsets let workers hear conversation, machine sounds and warning signals while blocking out distracting background noise.
3M PELTOR FM Radio Headsets
Working in repetitive, noisy environments for prolonged periods of time can be isolating and morale-sapping. 3M PELTOR FM Radio Headsets resolve this by offering improved safety in addition to increased motivation and wellbeing.
Ideal for those working outside or on repetitive tasks, the headset provides crystal-clear interference-free FM radio reception without the need for an expensive PRS licence.
On certain models, the addition of Bluetooth workers will also be notified of incoming calls, meaning they’ll never miss an important call again.
To learn why 3M PELTOR products are the workers’ choice in hearing protection visit 3m.co.uk/workerschoice
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