Hearing Protection in SafeLand Training
In our safeland training we cover the needs of hearing protection for oilfield workers. When walking the streets of San Antonio during the day you may encounter heavy traffic and construction work. These trucks and machinery will give off a heavy level of noise which may be unpleasant. Depending on the operation, however, some of the oilfields south of San Antonio may have noise energy levels that are potentially ten times as high as those found on the noisiest streets of San Antonio.
South Texas oilfields, and especially the frac sites and rigs, are known for being extremely loud work environments. Given the large amount of diesel driven horsepower in the South Texas oil and gas environment this is not surprising. The noise from each engine and pump adds to the total noise hazard at the wellsite.
Ear plugs form the first line of protection from excessive noise levels in the South Texas oilfields. These come in disposable varieties as well as reusable varieties that need to be cleaned between uses. Ear plugs can have a noise reduction rating up to about 30 dB, depending on the particular model. Due to this limitation, when the ambient noise level exceeds 105 dB then earmuffs need to be worn in addition to ear plugs. The earmuffs combined with the earplugs creates a cumulative noise reduction effect. If the earplugs contain a string connecting them then remove the string as this creates a conduit into the earmuffs.
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