VeriPRO™ makes it easy to get an accurate, real-world picture of your employees’ hearing protection and finds out whether your employees are receiving optimal protection, require additional training on how to fit their ear plugs, or need to try a different model.
Measuring Real-World Attenuation of Earplugs
Howard Leight’s new VeriPRO™ technology, which is supplied throughout southern Africa by HSE Solutions, makes it possible for safety managers to ensure that their employees are getting the most out of their hearing protection devices.
VeriPRO measures real-world attenuation of unmodified earplugs and can be used as a means to improve individual employee training, thus enhancing the overall effectiveness of Hearing Conservation programs.
VeriPRO consists of software and an optimized headset, and utilizes a three-part process to determine the effectiveness of an employee’s earplug fit over a range of frequencies. The result, known as a Personal Attenuation Rating (PAR), identifies the actual protection an employee receives from his or her earplug in each ear.
This allows safety managers to determine if their employees are receiving optimal protection, require additional training on how to fit their earplugs, or need to try a different model.
According to Stephen Burrow, General Manager of HSE Solutions, VeriPRO benefits both safety managers and employees alike. “For the safety manager,” says Burrow, “it fulfills OSHA’s requirements for training with documented results. For employees, VeriPRO demonstrates the importance of hearing protection in the workplace, and helps them select and compare protectors to find the best choice for their ears and specific applications.”
Unlike other fit-testing systems, VeriPRO can be used with any earplug, and performed in virtually any setting. VeriPRO offers two test protocols. The Complete Check runs employees through five frequencies to determine PAR and is recommended for annual use.
The Quick Check is a simplified test of earplug fit at one frequency, used as a fast and easy pass/fail check for more frequent use. VeriPRO also includes short training videos on how to properly fit Howard Leight earplugs. Employee results are captured and stored in the program, and can be analysed to determine program trends.
VeriPRO™ at a Glance
VeriPRO’s three-part process checks the effectiveness of an employee’s earplug fit in each ear over a range of frequencies. This information is then captured in individual reports, accessible by the safety manager.
The software for VeriPRO was created to be simple to install on a PC and readily understandable. The interface is straightforward and easy to operate, even for people who aren’t computer users.
The VeriPRO headphones are not your typical listening gear. They are audio metrically optimized for use with any earplugs and calibrated to the tones used in the VeriPRO test.
Converts digital signal from the VeriPRO software, calibrates it to the headphones and amplifies the sound.
Benefits of Using VeriPro™
- VeriPRO makes it easy to get an accurate, real-world picture of your employees’ hearing protection. Find out whether your employees are receiving optimal protection, require additional training on how to fit their earplugs, or need to try a different model.
- Measures the Personal Attenuation Rating (PAR) for each employee
- Captures real-world attenuation by using unmodified earplugs
- Works with any earplug, corded or uncorded, from any manufacturer
- Fulfills regulatory requirements to ensure proper initial fitting of hearing protection
- Creates accurate, easy-to-understand reports within minutes
- Documents training and proper fit for new or existing employees
- Fit-training videos provide additional training opportunity
- Provides an ideal opportunity for one-on-one education
While many occupational Hearing Conservation programs have the best intentions to ensure that workers are using hearing protectors, the ultimate goal is to ensure that workers wear them properly 100% of the time when exposed to hazardous noise. Earplug fit testing technology better enables and empowers workers to achieve this goal — and facilitate a life of healthy hearing.