Balancing Hearing Protection with Hearing and Communication Needs

In this episode, Eric Fallen joins co-hosts Mark Reggers and Laurie Wells to discuss a common challenge: how to hear important sounds in the work environment while being protected from hazardous sound. Eric is a technical specialist with the 3M Personal Safety Division supporting protective communication hearing protectors. He holds a Doctor of Audiology degree and is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army. Tune in to learn more about understanding how fluctuating and intermittent noise can affect hearing protector use and about technologies that allow sound to be audible while protecting the worker from hazardous sound.

The Science of Safety Podcast is presented by the 3M Personal Safety Division. This is a podcast that is curious about the science and systems behind workplace health and safety with a focus on personal protective equipment (or PPE) used to help keep workers healthy and safe.

Recognizing Workplace Hazards

Building on the concept of anticipating workplace hazards, co-hosts Mark Reggers and Laurie Wells welcome back 3M’s Lucre Pfefferman to discuss hazard recognition.

Fall Protection Safety Tip: Are You Prepared in the Case of a Fallen Worker?

Equipping harnesses with suspension trauma safety straps is an easy and effective way to help delay and possibly help prevent the onset of negative symptoms brought on by orthostatic intolerance resulting from a fall from height while in a full-body harness.

Global Science of Safety Podcast: Science of Fit – Hearing Protection 

Welcome back to the Science of Safety Podcast. This time the podcast co-hosts Mark Reggers and Laurie Wells along with their guest, 3M’s Skye Liu, a Senior Specialist in China, to discuss the importance of fit for hearing protection. Fit and noise reduction are related and are key aspects of hearing protector selection and use. Tune in to learn more about fit for earplugs and earmuffs, fit testing methods, factors that can affect fit, best practices, and much more. The first global season of the Science of Safety Podcast is presented by the 3M Personal Safety Division. This is a

Fall Protection Safety Tip: What Do the ANSI/ASSP Z359.11-2021 Safety Requirements for Full Body Harnesses Changes Mean for You?

Read up on what the ANSI/ASSP Z359.11-2021 Safety Requirements for Full Body Harnesses changes mean for you.

Global Science of Safety Podcast: Science of Fit – Respirator Protection

Learn more about the importance of fit for tight fitting respirators.

Fall Protection Safety Tip: Inspection and Product Life for Fall Protection Products

Learn about some useful recommendations when it comes to fall protection inspection of equipment and gear.

Global Science of Safety Podcast: Fall Protection Fundamentals – DEFs

Continue the discussion on the ABCs of fall protection in the second part of this series, but this time with a focus on the DEFs (descent and rescue, education, and fall protection for tools).

Fall Protection Safety Tip: How do Impact Indicators Work on Fall Protection Harnesses?

Find out why it is important to use the impact indicators properly on your fall protection harnesses.

Global Science of Safety Podcast: Fall Protection Fundamentals – ABCs

Learn more about how the hierarchy of controls is used in assessing the hazards and risks of situations that involve heights, and the ABCs (anchorage, body support, connectors) of fall protection.