The majority of conceptions of a headset will be the sort of thing that someone wears at a desk whilst talking on the phone.
There are headsets for the solo executive, headsets for call centre workers and headsets that allow connection to multiple devices simultaneously.
These are business headsets; but there are also many applications for headsets in industrial environments.
So what is the basic principle of the industrial headset?
In its essence an industrial headset’s main raison d’être is to protect the ears from loud noises, hence many models are know as ear defenders. Now, as many industrial working environments are potentially ( or directly ) hazardous the headsets also have a role to play in increasing the employee’s safety. So, many headsets will also have secondary functions :
- PTT – some headsets come with a Push to Talk option incorporated into them, allowing simple walkie talkie type communications between wearers
- BLUETOOTH – Using Bluetooth connectivity allows a worker in an industrial situation to make and receive mobile calls whilst wearing the protective headwear – further, where noise is the only hazard – such as in a data centre – music can be listened to.
- ACTIVE PROTETCION – in an industrial situation where sudden loud sounds or explosions are likely and where the background noise levels are low – many headsets/ ear defenders have the facility to allow free speech via microphones/ speakers whilst immediately there is a loud or sudden sound this relay is disabled and the wearer protected.
- NIB/ MAP – These are specific functions for military tactical teams which allow, respectively, close quarter selective talk groups and se elected audio profiles – mission dependent.
- HEAD PROTECTION – All of Peltor’s Ear Defenders are compatible with select Helmets – in heavy industrial situations this is a necessity – protecting both the hearing and the head from injury.
- ATEX – In any industrial situation where there is a risk of causing explosion ( dust, gas, vapour or mist ) then there are ATEX headsets which are designed not to provide electrical or heat emissions and so cause a danger
- ATTENUATION – dependent upon noise levels ( both sudden and background ) differing levels of attenuation are available on industrial headsets.
- SNR 27dB – protects against light industry noise such as power drilling
- SNR 31dB – for moderate to high noise levels – roadworks or construction
- SNR 33dB – for high levels of noise as per forestry or heavy engineering
- SNR 37dB – for extremely high noise levels such as airports, quarrying or paper mills
3M Peltor are market leaders in the field of industrial headsets, producing many ear defenders with specific properties for the working environment. Best4Systems are a Platinum dealer – so, if you are interested in purchasing ear protection for your workplace or just require further information contact us via the form here or call us on 0844 824 6664 and we will be happy to help.