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Silverstone taking extra care of their visitors!

3M Europe : 01 July, 2005  (Company News)
Anyone visiting the British Grand Prix in July this year was encouraged to use ear plugs supplied free by Silverstone to help counteract the noise levels reached during the practice and racing. Noise levels around the track and hospitality areas can reach as much as 103dB and on the actual race day, the race lasts for up to 1
'We feel that we have a duty of care to our visitors to bring to their attention the need to wear hearing protection. We strongly recommend to all visitors that, due to the excessive noise levels experienced, especially during Formula 1 events, that they should wear hearing protection' explained Lesley Cox, Health and Safety Manager at Silverstone.

But of course, visitors to Silverstone want to be as close to the action as is safely possible and so are naturally exposed to high noise levels for a limited period of time. In fact at the Pit Straight Grandstand and Brooklands Hospitality the noise levels range from 99dB to 103dB. 'Earplugs were given to everyone. They were freely available at all information points' Lesley went on to explain 'and are always available, free of charge, at all our events.'

Silverstone is obviously well versed in the problems surrounding exposure to excessive noise levels and has worked with 3M in the past as its 'Official Hearing Protection Supplier'. Consequently, Silverstone asked 3M to supply their disposable earplugs for this year's Grand Prix. 'We were delighted to work with Silverstone on this,' explained Vikki Nash, product manager for 3M Occupational Health and Environmental Safety. 'It is refreshing that an organisation such as Silverstone has such a responsible attitude towards excessive noise levels.'

And Steve Cadwallader-Jones from Powys County Council had the opportunity to use 3M's newest addition to their hearing protection range when he went to the Grand Prix in July as a VIP visitor. Accompanying his VIP tickets was a bounty pack from 3M that contained their new, disposable earplugs. These are ideal for protection against noise across a wide range of applications, have a higher level of attenuation (SNR 34 dB) and, due to their construction, may prove particularly suitable for people with narrow ear canals, who experience discomfort with existing plugs.

Steve won the 3M Hearing Competition that was run in the April/May issue of Health and Safety Matters to test reader's knowledge of the forthcoming new hearing regulations to be introduced on 15th February 2006. From the hundreds of correct entries received, his name was drawn as the winner. 'Thanks to 3M for providing the opportunity to attend, it was a wonderful day, although it was really hot, we were in the Grandstand so we could keep out of the sun.'
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