Environmental Health & Safety

Hearing Protection Equipment

Summary: Find out who should wear hearing protective equipment, the different types of equipment available, and how it may be accessed.

Hearing protective equipment protects the ear from injury and prevents hearing loss.
Departments are responsible for;
  • Providing hearing protective equipment to employees who are exposed to noise at or above 85 dB(A) averaged out over an 8-hour workday. This is the same limit required for enrollment in UCR’s Hearing Conservation Program.
  • Anyone who enters an area designated as "hearing protection required."
  • Paying for the hearing protectors
  • Replacing hearing protectors if they are broken, defective, or unsanitary
  • Giving employees a choice between at least 2 brands of hearing protectors
Several types of hearing protectors are available, offering protection for varying degrees of noise exposure.
  • Aural protectors, sometimes called inserts, are plug-type protectors placed directly into the ear canal. There are several types, and most are available from the Storehouse:
    • Pre-molded (sized or universal)

    • Moldable (usually made of foam)

    • Custom molded (available from an audiologist)

  • Circumaural protectors (muffs) are plastic domes that cover the ears and are connected with a spring band that fits on top of the head.
  • Superaural protectors (canal caps) seal the external opening to the ear canal. Audiologists fit and order canal caps.
Contact Environmental Health & Safety (951) 827-5528 for guidance on selection and use of hearing protection or if you have questions.


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