The work operations in the quarry activities are the source of many physical agents such as dust and vibrations but especially noise. This last can have relevant negative effects they cause serious problems for the worker's health. In order to prevent the hearing loss, the employer must provide to the workers the HPD (Hearing Protection Devices). They are inserted inside the ear following a specific procedure to ensure the maximum protection by the noise. For this reason, the use training represents an essential aspect. Also the material, which the device is made of, can influence strongly the actual noise attenuation. The study is based on tests with different HPD, some made of polyurethane and others by silicone. Two experimental campaigns were carried out under different conditions with the same measurement methodology. The results highlight the importance of the methodology used in the test and the relevant role of the use training.
Alfaro Degan, G., Coltrinari, G., Lippiello, D., Nataletti, P., Annesi, D. (2019). Protection by noise in quarrying activities: Test methods comparison of the hearing protection devices efficiency. In E3S Web of Conferences (pp.08005). EDP Sciences [10.1051/e3sconf/201912808005].