HOWARD Leight's SmartFit reusable earplugs are now available in three new models -- two detectable versions and one with a cotton fibre cord -- that are suitable for a variety of process industry applications.
SmartFit earplugs conform to the contours of the wearer's ear canal for improved comfort, especially during long-term wear. This provides a personalised fit for the price of an off-the-shelf product.
"We extended the SmartFit line to meet the specific needs of process industries," said Stephen Streatfeild, VP/GM for Bacou-DallozAustralia .
"The new models reduce the chance of a stray earplug contaminating the process or the product, while bringing all the comfort and protection of our SmartFit line to industries where hearing safety is essential."
SmartFit Blue (SLC80 Class 2/16 dB) is a visually detectable model that is appropriate when metal detectability is not required. The striking blue colour of this earplug makes it highly visible, an asset both for recovery, should the earplug be dropped, and for compliance checks.
SmartFit Blue is also a viable choice for traditional SmartFit users who require a fixed, rather than detachable, cord.
For industries such as food processing, where contamination by foreign objects is of primary concern, a fully visual and metal detectable hearing protection device is required.
Howard Leight's SmartFit Detectable earplugs (SLC80 Class 2/16 dB) include a metal band on the earplug shaft and attached metalised cord for full metal detection, while the blue colour of the earplug and cord aids in visual detection.
Howard Leight has also developed a new hearing protection option for industries with zero tolerance requirements, such as tobacco and pulp and paper.
SmartFit Process Industry earplugs (SLC80 Class 2/16 dB) feature an attached cotton cord, which allows for the earplugs to be worn around the neck when not in use, and aids in easy detection and retrieval should the earplugs be dropped.
The earplugs are packaged in a paper bag to further minimise the risk of plastic contamination.
All three of the new models employ advanced Conforming Material Technology, which uses body heat to adapt the earplugs to the shape of each wearer's ear canal. This innovative technology provides optimum protection and comfort for longer wear time and increased compliance.
The earplug's flat fin design provides more surface contact inside the ear for maximum protection. A large stem makes SmartFit easy to handle during insertion and removal, and offers immediate visibility for compliance checks.
With an SLC80 Class 3/20dB, SmartFit is ideal for applications that require constant hearing protection over extended periods of time. The earplugs provide easy clean-up with soap and water for reuse, making them a cost-effective solution.