VeriPRO wins industry safety award for innovation15 June 2010

VeriPRO, the earplug fit testing system, from Howard Leight by Sperian, has received the British Safety Industry Federation's (BSIF) Product Innovation Award for 2010.

The award was presented at the RoSPA occupational health and safety awards gala dinner held during Safety and Health Expo 2010.

Josephine Audoin, marketing manager for Sperian Protection UK, explains that VeriPRO makes it easy to determine the 'personal attenuation rating' (PAR) of a worker fitted with any earplug type, through a simple listening test.

This allows both safety managers and workers to ascertain if the worker receives optimal protection from noise with the earplugs selected, or requires additional training, or should try a different model.

A report from the HSE, entitled Real World Use and Performance of Hearing Protection, reported that "possibly only 60% of workers, supposedly using hearing protection, are in fact protected". One of the major reasons for this is that the hearing protection device is incorrectly fitted. Another concern for employers is the weakness of the 'single number rating' (SNR) system for earplugs.

VeriPRO takes a different approach and meets European Directive 2003/10/EC for training for safety managers. For employees, it also demonstrates the importance of hearing protection in the workplace, and helps them to select and compare protectors.

"Hearing conservation is an area that we are passionate about," comments Audoin. "We are delighted that the innovation demonstrated by VeriPRO has been recognised by the British safety community."

Brian Tinham

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