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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 26  |  Page : 55--58

European standardisation of hearing protectors


Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland

Correspondence Address:
E Korhonen
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, FI-00250 Helsinki
Finland
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European legislation based on the New Approach requires that technical requirements for products are given in harmonised European standards. The Directive 89/686/EEC on Personal Protective Equipment came into force in 1995. The existence of product and testing standards is a prerequisite for the effective implementation of the directive. There was a need to develop several standards in a very short time period and the basic standards for hearing protectors have already been revised once. It is important to continue the validation of the standardized testing methods and requirement levels. This requires good co-operation and research between test laboratories and research institutes, especially as it is necessary to ensure new products comply with these technical requirements.






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