Occupational hearing protection

Protect your ears according to the rules

In a noisy working environment, it is essential to protect your hearing. Not only to prevent hearing damage, but also to comply with health and safety legislation in the Netherlands.

Why is occupational hearing protection so important?

Hearing damage is irreversible and can occur as early as exposure from 80 decibels. Continuous exposure to loud sounds can lead to permanent hearing damage, such as tinnitus or hearing loss. Therefore, the Occupational Health and Safety Act requirements to protect workers from noise in the workplace.

Occupational health and safety rules for hearing protection: what you need to know

We list it for you:

  • Noise level and
  • exposure time
  • Employer's obligation
  • Information and training
  • Periodic hearing tests

Noise level and exposure time

Employees may no more than 8 hours a day be exposed to noise levels of 80 decibels or higher without hearing protection. For each additional decibel, the maximum exposure time is halved.

Employer's obligation

Employers are obliged to offer hearing protection to workers exposed to a noise level of 85 decibels or higher.

Information and training

Employers must educate their employees on the risks of noise and the measures taken to reduce noise levels. In addition, they should provide workers with train in the correct use of hearing protection.

Periodic hearing tests

In some sectors, where the risk of hearing damage is higher than average, employers are obliged to offer their employees regular hearing tests.

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Knowledge of hearing protection to comply with arbo hearing protection

ARBO hearing protection is not just a matter of choosing any product. There must be a thorough assessment and risk analysis be carried out from the workplace to improve the exact sound level and the specific requirements for hearing protection to be determined. 

Working on hearing protection according to occupational health and safety standards involves not only limiting noise, but also the allowing necessary communication between employees and recognising warning signals.

Health and safety legislation and the workplace

Health and safety legislation requires employers to provide a safe working environment. 

This means that they have a responsibility to prevent hearing damage in their employees. If it is not possible to reduce noise in the workplace, employers must provide appropriate hearing protection equipment and ensure that it is used correctly. 

The choice of an appropriate hearing protection device depends on several factors, including the nature and duration of noise exposure.

Impact of hearing protection

The use of hearing protection has a direct impact on a worker's health and well-being. Proper hearing protection not only prevents hearing damage, but can also stress and fatigue reduce, which can occur as a result of exposure to constant noise. 

In addition, it can improve employee concentration and productivity.

Role of Wijngaarden SafeGoods

Wijngaarden VeiligGoed can play an important role for your company in the implementation of effective hearing protection solutions. We not only offer a wide range of products, but also give advice to help companies and organisations comply with health and safety regulations.

Wijngaarden VeiligGoed goes beyond simply supplying hearing protection products; we are your partner in hearing protection, focused on providing solutions that comply with occupational health and safety hearing protection requirements and that improve employee well-being.

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Various options for hearing protection at Wijngaarden VeiligGoed

As an expert in PPE and hearing protection, Wijngaarden VeiligGoed offers a wide range of solutions:

  • Earplugs
  • Earmuffs
  • Customised hearing protection


These are ideal for occasional use. They are easy to insert and offer good protection against high noise levels.


For employees who regular exposed to high noise levels, ear muffs are a better option. They are robust, durable and offer a consistent level of noise reduction.

Customised hearing protection

For optimal protection and comfort Wijngaarden VeiligGoed also offers custom-made hearing protectors. These are made specifically for the user and therefore offer the best fit and protection. For more information on this, see the website of our sister company Ronell: ronell.co.uk.

Why choose Wijngaarden VeiligGoed?

  • Expert advice: Our team of experts is ready to advise you on the best hearing protection solution for your specific situation.
  • High-quality products: We only work with top brands and products to ensure you get the best protection.
  • Wide range: From simple earplugs to sophisticated solutions.
  • Personalised service: Our customer comes first. Whether you are looking for a single product or a complete solution for your entire team, we are here for you.

Contact Wijngaarden VeiligGoed, and make sure you and your team are safe and protected from the risks of noise in the workplace.

Frequently asked questions Occupational health and safety hearing protection

Why is occupational hearing protection important?

Hearing damage is irreversible and can occur when exposed to noise levels from 80 decibels. Occupational health and safety regulations require protection to prevent hearing damage and ensure a safe working environment.

What are the health and safety regulations for hearing protection?

Health and safety regulations include: limits on noise levels and exposure times, employer's obligation to provide hearing protection at 85 decibels or higher, information and training on risks and use of hearing protection, and periodic hearing tests in certain sectors.

How to choose suitable hearing protection according to health and safety regulations?

The choice depends on the noise level, the duration of exposure, and the need for communication between workers. A thorough evaluation and risk analysis of the workplace should be carried out to determine the most appropriate type of hearing protection.

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