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Protect Your Hearing, Reduce Your Risk!
Hazardous levels of noise
are produced by many things on the farm, including grain dryers, tractors,
combines, livestock, chainsaws, and firearms. Any noise that leaves you with
ringing in the ears or you are in a noisy location and you have to raise your
voice to be heard, the noise is too loud!
Protect your hearing by
doing the following:
sound levels –
selecting new equipment, ask about sound levels and pick the quietest option.
routine equipment maintenance –
For example, fixing mufflers on engines, lubricating bearings,
and replacing worn parts will reduce noise levels and improve farming
yourself from noise
Working in motorized equipment equipped with cabs or enclosures will reduce
personal protective equipment –
Since purchasing newer, quieter equipment is not always an
option, use hearing protection when working in noisy settings. The earmuff
style offers the best protection and is easy to use. Expandable ear plugs are
the next best option but these require proper insertion to be effective: roll
them up, insert into the ear, and hold in place while they expand to fill the
“High Noise Zones” –
there is risk of excessive noise exposure. Have a set of earmuffs or earplugs
in or near every high noise setting on the farm.
the highest Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) –
This is usually between 15
and 30 decibels. Chose the hearing protection with the highest NRR value.
daily exposure duration –
Reducing the amount of time you are exposed to noise can limit
its harmful effects.
Check out the Great Plains
Center For Agriculture Health for more information about
preventing hearing loss among our nation’s farmers and agriculture workers.