The adoption of an innovation in hearing health by Erith Group has set a new benchmark in hearing conservation and noise management. Erith utilised the Eave system during the demolition of a gas drum in Stevenage. The system compromises of an IoT (Internet of Things) smart ear defender (the FocusLite) and its associated noise analysis and risk management cloud-based platform (Peak).
The Eave system has enabled site managers, health and safety managers, occupational hygienists, noise specialists and project managers to access data and insights on the wear-rate of hearing protection, noise visualisations and locations. It also gives simple, actionable insights to tackle noise at the source and evaluate noise management interventions on real-world noise exposure.
Traditional passive hearing protection and noise control methods have proven to be ineffective in protecting the hearing of operatives. Erith Contractors have adopted the Eave system to ensure awareness and produce data of real-world noise exposures to improve the hearing health of those working in the sector. Occupational noise induced deafness is still a widespread issue linked to increased accidents on site and early onset dementia.
The FocusLite protects operatives from noise whilst allowing them to hear their surroundings. Where traditional foam ear plugs or passive ear defenders would have been used previously, Eave’s technology transforms the way people work, allowing them to be fully aware of their surroundings and measuring both the sound onsite and under the headset ensuring the operative is fully protected.
The data can be analysed in many ways using the Peak platform. It can personalise and target training for individuals to improve wear rates and highlights problematic points across the entire site. This is an example of how noise data will catalyse a change of behaviour onsite and across businesses to ensure a healthy and safe workplace for all.
Monitor report. Erith Contractors. Hertfordshire. October 2019.