Offering a radical new shape, high protection and comfort, new 3M Pistonz Earplugs were named a finalist in the Business and Technology category at the prestigious Australian International Design Awards recently held in Melbourne.
“To be named a Finalist in these awards is a significant achievement," says Brandon Gien, Managing Director of Good Design Australia, the organisation responsible for running the awards.
“Our esteemed judges spent a week assessing 232 Australian and international entries against a common set of criteria. focusing on innovation, form, function, quality, safety and sustainability,” he adds.
Earlier this year, 3M Occupational Health and Environmental Safety expanded its passive hearing conservation product line with the introduction of the new 3M Pistonz Earplugs. Shaped in the form of an engine piston, these foam earplugs are comfortable, made for instant use, and have a no roll down design.
These foam earplugs have a Class 4 Rating, and have been tested to comply with Australian/New Zealand AS/NZS127:2002, ‘Acoustics - Hearing Protectors.’
“We decided to enter the Pistonz in the 2011 Australian International Design Awards competition because of their innovative design and functionality,” says Gary Watsford, National Business Manager at 3M Occupational Health & Environmental Safety Australia.
3M recognise that everyone wants to look good, but they do not always want to wear protective equipment, which is why they test and add innovations to improve their products so people wear them longer.
“Pistonz Earplugs are a perfect example of how 3M is helping workers take more interest in their hearing protection. They are designed for looks, which helps increase compliance especially with younger workers and they are easy to use and comfortable,” explains Watsford.
3M Pistonz Earplugs are the officially licensed hearing protection of NASCAR and the packaging and sales literature feature Greg Biffle, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver of the No.16 3M Ford Fusion.
The Australian International Design Awards are one of the longest standing and most prestigious design awards in the world and are recognised by the International Council of Societies of ustrial Design (Icsid) as Australia’s peak design endorsement scheme.