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  • 3M Detection

    Detection

    Detecting noise levels in the workplace is the first step to ensure your workforce is protected. Complying with regulations, selecting appropriate protection and analyzing noise control options are all easier with 3M solutions for exposure assessment, noise analysis and employee engagement. 3M's accurate, reliable, and flexible instrumentation coupled with powerful software is the innovative solution for your noise detection challenge.

  • 3M Protection

    Protection

    Once you have detected your noise level, it is critical to select a hearing protector that your employees are motivated to wear. 3M has the broadest selection of hearing protectors for a wide range of environments. Trouble fitting your plugs? Need to communicate in noise? Dirty hands? Hot, humid conditions? These are just a few of the many challenges that 3M™'s innovative products can solve for you. 3M global experts are available for consultation on your specific hearing protection challenge.

  • 3M™ E-A-Rfit™ Validation System

    Validation

    You have offered hearing protection to your workers. Now, how do you gain confidence they are protected? 3M™ E-A-Rfit™ Validation System utilizes F-Mire technology to measure the level of employee hearing protection in just 10 seconds. Workers receive their own personal attenuation rating (PAR) and learn how correctly inserting the right earplug increases their level of protection.

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Additional Resources

  • Why 3M™ Hearing Protection?

    3M has a broad selection of hearing protectors for a wide range of environments. Trouble fitting your ear plugs? Need to communicate in noise? Dirty hands? Hot, humid conditions? These are just a few of the many challenges that 3M’s innovative products can help solve for you. 3M global experts are available for consultation on your specific hearing protection challenge.

    3M is here to consult on your specific hearing protection needs. Use the Left Side Navigation to help find the best hearing protection option for your needs! Contact our technical service at 1-800-243-4630 or submit your question electronically

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  • 3M™ E-A-Rfit™ Dual-Ear Validation System
    Fit test your hearing products and get objective, personalized results to help you protect your workers against noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Learn more
  • Training
    HearForce On-Site Training:

    Free on-site hearing conservation training for your employees! Learn more

    3M Hear Force Training

    Safety eLearning Portal:

    This is a unique, customized portal that provides helpful training and education resources for hearing conservation enthusiasts, students and instructors. Learn More

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    3M™ E-A-R™ Hearing Conservation Seminars:

    There's no better way to educate yourself and your staff about the current regulations, equipment choices, employee training programs and legal issues related to noise hazards and hearing conservation. Conducted by two of the industry's most respected hearing experts, these day-long seminars discuss, in detail, how to asses noise problems and properly protect your employees. View Schedule and Registration

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  • 3M™ Noise Navigator™ Database of Over 1700 Noise Sources
    A spreadsheet of sound levels for more than 1700 occupational, recreational and military noise sources.
    3M™ Noise Navigator™ (Excel, 286 KB)
  • 3M’s E-A-RCAL Acoustical Laboratory
    3M E-A-RCAL Lab Facility

    E-A-RCAL is one of three facilities within 3M’s Indianapolis Acoustical Laboratories. It was established in 1979 and has offered contract testing for the measurement of real-ear attenuation at threshold (REAT) of hearing protection devices (HPDs) since 1992. Previous clients include Mobil Research and Development Corp., Quest Electronics, Etymotic Research, Welch Allyn, and other corporations and government agencies.

    The Facility
    Testing is conducted in a 113-m3 double-wall structure with isolated outer and inner foundations. The Sound Transmission Class (STC) of the combined structure exceeds 75 dB, providing noise levels in the room of <16 dBA (approximately 20 dB in the 125-Hz octave band). Measurements can be conducted over an extended frequency range, from 80 Hz to 16 kHz.

    Accreditation:
    E-A-RCAL was the first facility accredited by the Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP Lab Code 100374-0) to conduct tests in conformance with ANSI S3.19-1974, and is also accredited for the most current REAT standard, ANSI S12.6-2016. In achieving accreditation, the laboratory has demonstrated competence and adherence to a rigorous set of procedural, quality-control, and recordkeeping requirements. Accreditation is maintained via both regular internal audits, and external audits conducted by NVLAP assessors.

    History of the Facility:
    The E-A-RCAL facility was designed by and constructed under the supervision of Elliott H. Berger in 1977, and has been utilized for hearing protector testing since 1979. During the past 37 years, more than 2300 REAT evaluations have been conducted. E-A-RCAL Laboratory participated in an EPA interlaboratory comparison study of hearing protector attenuation measurements which was conducted in the early 1980s, and in two interlaboratory comparisons in the following decades, one sponsored by the Acoustical Society of America’s accredited standards working group S12/WG11, and the other by the same WG, along with EPA and NIOSH. These studies led to the development of ANSI S12.6-1997, S12.6-2008, and S12.6-2016, the most recent American standard on "Methods for measuring the real-ear attenuation of hearing protectors."

    Laboratory Director
    Elliott H. Berger, M.S., INCE Board Certified, 3M Division Scientist
    Elliott conducts research and development into hearing protector performance, design and utilization. He has written over 60 articles on hearing protection/conservation and was the principal editor for the 5th edition of the AIHA Noise Manual. Elliott chairs ANSI working group S12/WG11 on hearing protector performance and is also involved with numerous other standards committees.

    Contact and fees To discuss your testing requirements and/or retain E-A-RCAL services, contact Mr. Berger at elliott.berger@mmm.com


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