Solving High Noise Communication Problems in Recycling and Solid Waste Industry


Workers employed in the Recycling and Solid Waste Industry face many hazards that can lead to some serious injury, illness, or death because of their daily exposure to harmful substances, and use of hazardous machinery.

Osha (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has issued a notice to renew the Local Emphasis Program (LEP) to reduce the incidence of serious health and physical injury or death from hazards associated with assembly, breaking up, separating, sorting, processing, handling and wholesale distribution of Solid Waste and Recyclable materials in Industry establishments.

Potential risks for workers include hearing damage from overexposure to industrial noise. A recent study of refuse collection and recycling of glass bottles had some of the highest noise levels ranging from 108-131 dB with personal noise exposure levels of about 100 dB on the high end of the results. Another study showed when glass hits glass on refuge pickup from plastic wheeled bins being emptied, extremely high noise levels are emitted. Peak levels above 140 dB(C) were measured making it possible for workers during a typical shift to frequently be exposed to peak noise levels over 137 dB (C).   

Sensear has a wide variety of headsets to meet your requirements. Sensear is a global leader in developing and manufacturing best-in-class digital Communication and Active Listening Headsets and Earplugs for use in high noise and hazardous environments.

Sensear's patented SENSTM technology simultaneously enhances speech and suppresses background noise so that users can communicate face-to-face, protect their hearing, and still maintain 360-degree awareness of their surroundings in noisy environments such as Solid Waste and Recycling Industrial workplaces.

Workers can have seamless face-to-face conversations with workers in the work area without screaming and are able to communicate clearly on their Two-Way radios or Bluetooth enabled devices, all while protecting their hearing. Sensear is the perfect solution for workers in the Recycling and Solid Waste Industry.