Website focuses on new hearing regulations

Partnership with E-A-R, Peltor, 3M brings latest data to plant managers

By Plant Engineering Staff January 28, 2009

As the EPA works to better align Noise Reduction Ratings with real-world use of hearing protection, a number of proposed changes to testing, labeling, and regulations are underway. A new web site,, has been developed to provide the latest information, regulatory updates, expert insights and resources for those who are charged with implementing the new regulations into the workplace.

Sponsored by hearing conservation leaders E-A-R , Peltor and 3M , offers news updates as changes are made, answers to frequently asked questions, articles as well as an opportunity to pose questions to hearing conservation experts, including E-A-R Senior Scientist Elliott Berger, and 3M Technical Advisor Ted Madison. “There are a number of agencies and steps involved before the changes can go into effect,” said Berger. “Visitors can learn about the various agencies and organizations involved, including the EPA and ANSI, and better understand how they fit into the regulatory process. They can also see side-by-side comparisons of the old and proposed new labels and the rationale behind the revised standard, which should ultimately make it easier to choose effective hearing protection.”

To stay informed about pending changes to the Noise Reduction Rating and related technical issues, visit and sign up to receive periodic technical updates from E-A-R, Peltor and 3M.