By Dominick DalSanto
QFilter.com Environmental Expert, Author, & Content Editor
November 8th, 2010
One the most under valued parts of any worker's PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is Personal Hearing Protection. Usually, consisting of earplugs or noise canceling headphones, this kind of equipment is very often the first PPE to be removed or disregarded by personal in hazardous conditions. Often the cause of this, it that personal fail to appreciate just how loud their current environment is, and how dangerous the noise level there is.
With 3M's newest product, the 3M NI-100EU Noise Indicator, 3M has added another impressive offering to its passive hearing conservation range line of products. This new model, offers a quick guide to potential noise hazard levels, by identifying areas where hearing protection may need to be worn. Many of the industrial settings where industrial filtration takes place, such as at Cement plants, Steel Foundries, Waste Water Treatment Plants, etc...are perfect examples of settings that contain noise hazards.
Employing an LED lighting system, it flashes green when ambient noise levels are below 85db (Considered safe) and red for levels above 85db (The standard level where protective equipment must be used).
Small and compact, this product is useful to workers in countless diverse industries, where noise hazards may exist. It has a rechargeable battery that operates for up to 200 hours between charges and an automatic turn-off system.