EP20 Ear Plug Dispenser

£42.99 £51.59 Inc VAT

Dispenser container with PU disposable plugs. One gentle turn delivers a pair of uncorded foam earplugs. It can be used on a horizontal surface or be hung on the wall. Sold with 500
pairs of PU plugs included.

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EP20 – Ear Plug Dispenser

Dispenser container with PU disposable plugs. One gentle turn delivers a pair of uncorded foam earplugs. It can be used on a horizontal surface or be hung on the wall. Sold with 500 pairs of PU plugs included.

EP20 – Ear Plug Dispenser Key Features

  • CE-CAT III
  • EN 352-2 SNR 34dB
  • Competitively priced
  • Easy to use
  • Hang from a wall or stood on any hard surface
  • Perfect for dispensing with large workforces

What is the best hearing protection for my workforce?

Firstly as with all PPE supplies, a risk assessment should be undertaken before any decision is made.

3 key considerations for choosing ear protection;

  1. Identify noise levels – know how much noise reduction you need. It might sound obvious, but the first consideration in choosing a hearing protector is whether it will block enough noise to reduce exposure to a safe level.
  2. Activity – think about your worksite and job tasks and how this will impact the user.
  3. Suitability – without compromising safety, decide what is the most comfortable and convenient option for protection.

If you are unsure on what the difference is between ear muffs and ear plugs and are worried you might buy the wrong PPE supplies then fear not, we have put together a short guide to help you choose.

What is the difference between ear muffs/defenders and ear plugs (updated 2021)?

Firstly, the most obvious difference is the size of the two items. Ear plugs are much smaller and easier to carry than ear muffs, they are very light and easy to carry. Furthermore, some come with specially designed cases which easily fit into a pocket. On the other hand, ear muffs are bigger and more difficult to carry, making them more cumbersome for workers.

Secondly, and most importantly, the main difference between ear plugs and ear muffs is the level of protection they provide. As ear plugs fit directly into the ear canal they are able to offer greater protection than ear muffs provide.

Ear plugs are used in a variety of situations, for instance in very loud workplaces such as factories, airports and foundries. Additionally, they can also protect worker’s ears from the intrusion of water, foreign bodies, dust or excessive wind, which is a useful benefit for some professions.

One final point, ear plugs are often chosen in areas with warmer climates as ear defenders can become uncomfortable in hot weather.  This therefore makes the ear plug a more suitable ear protection solution when heat is a factor.

Ear plugs vs. ear muffs – comparison table

Ear plugs Ear muffs
Advantages:
    • Portable, easy to carry around
    • Doesn’t interfere with other personal protection equipment (e.g. goggles, helmets, glasses, etc.)
    • Can be worn comfortably in humid environments and hot work areas
    • Convenient to use when working in tight or confined spaces
Advantages:
  • Has a “one-size-fits-all” design
  • Are a lot easier to put on than ear plugs
  • Easily monitored and hard to misplace
  • Less time and effort required to put on and remove
Disadvantages:
  • Requires more time and are more difficult to properly put on
  • Requires that you keep your hands clean to avoid ear infection
  • May cause discomfort inside the ear canal
  • The small size makes them easy to misplace
  • Harder to see and monitor usage amongst workers
Disadvantages:
  • Size and weight make it less portable
  • May interfere with other personal protection equipment and vice versa
  • Not suitable for use in hot, humid or confined environments

In conclusion, ear plugs are a great choice for anyone who wears a helmet, safety glasses or works in conditions that need a lightweight approach with maximum protection.

 

Ear protection for hobbies:

*Just how noisy is a shoot day?

Most 12-bore gunshots produce a sound of around 150 to 160 decibels (db), while a .30-06 rifle with a 24in barrel produces around the same. Consistent exposure to sounds of more than 95db is bad, and noises of more than 120db can cause permanent damage to your hearing in seconds. Our ear defenders can be used for shooting, with various SNRs available for most types of day out fun.

Top tip: Every hearing protection product will come with an SNR, and this allows you to compare the protection offered by different products in order for you to make the best decision. The higher the SNR level, the more protection the product gives.


Why our customers choose us

Rapid Fire Supplies is a trusted supplier to many charities, local governments and businesses all over the UK and Eire. There are many reasons our customers choose us and come back again and again.

  • Firstly, we are proud members of BSiF, which means we ensure our products meet the highest standards of PPE through a vigorous checking process and are independently audited by BSiF every year.
  • Secondly, we provide some of the leading brands in safety; brands that are trusted throughout the UK in healthcare and industry. For example, we are official distributors of Portwest and can offer their full range of PPE Supplies including workweardisposable itemsBase footwear and gloves.
  • Thirdly, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service, but don’t take our word for it! Our customers have provided us with amazing feedback and an incredible 4.8 out of 5 stars rating on TrustPilot, so you can rest assured that we provide top quality customer care and are always happy to help.

Above all, our honest approach to business is what sets us apart. In short, customers who need a reliable supply of fully certified products can rely on our conscientious and responsible approach to business partnerships.

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At Rapid Fire Supplies, not only do we believe in looking after people with our range of high quality safety products, but we also believe in looking after our planet.

And that’s why we use Kite Packaging, an environmentally conscious eco-packaging company, to package your products ready for delivery safely to your front door. 

Packaging Regulations

They share our values and are committed to minimising their overall impact on the environment. Kite Packaging’s eco-packaging boxes maximise the use of recycled and recyclable materials and only work with suppliers who also recognise their environmental responsibilities – like us! Using eco-packaging allows our company to minimise the amount of packaging waste we produce and is a proactive approach to supporting our environment and planet.

We are proud to use Kite Packaging, especially as they are the only eco-packaging company to run a compliance Scheme (KES) for the Packaging Regulations. Additionally, they were one of the first eco-packaging organisations to be accredited with ISO 14001:2004.  Kite Packaging adopt a Replace and Re-Use strategy. Therefore replacing plastic packaging and products for the more environmentally friendly alternatives, such as recycled and recyclable products.

Kite Packaging supply a full range of environmentally friendly products that we use, including hive wrap: 

  • 100% recyclable and biodegradable
  • A sustainable alternative to foam and bubble
  • Hive shaped cells interlock to firmly secure products
  • No tape or glue required

And the enviro- box:

  • Environmentally friendly, strong cardboard boxes
  • Made from reinforced single wall cardboard
  • Equivalent strength to double wall boxes, but use less material
  • Some sizes are multi-scored, allowing you to reduce their height

Here at Rapid Fire Supplies, we continue to adapt to new technologies that can help us minimise our carbon footprint, eco-packaging is one of the ways we are actively doing this. When shopping with us, thanks to Kite Packaging’s eco-packaging, you are making an environmentally conscious choice.

UK Delivery and Ireland Delivery Options Quick View

We have a range of delivery options to suit our customers as we know every customer is unqiue. Below is a list of our standards options but we can always accommodate bespoke needs, simply call us on 03330 150 330.

DPD

Next Day

Business Days

From £7.00

Economy

2-3 Days

Business Days

From £4.95

RMG**

13:00 Next Day

Monday to Saturday

From £6.90

DPD 10:30

10:30 Next Day

Business Days

From £25.50

Saturday

SAT Day

Saturday

From £23.50

Ireland & Offshore

2 Day

Business Days

From £15.00

* Offshore – Some Postcodes do not qualify for free shipping for online bookings. Please call us if you would like to discuss a trade account as we may offer this depending on you order value.

** Please email cs@rapidfiresupplies.co.uk to send your goods via Royal Mail.

The Rapid Fire Supplies team is always here to help, if you would like to speak to someone please contact us and we will happily answer your question.

EN 352-2 Standard explained

Hearing protectors – ear plugs

EN 352-2:2002, specifies the construction, design, performance and marking requirements for EN 352 compliant ear plugs. This includes specification for the sound attenuationthe reduction of the force, effect, or value of something, in this context; noise levels. of the ear plugs, measured in accordance with EN 24869-1. Furthermore, ergonomic aspects of the ear plugs are addressed by taking into account the interaction between the wearer, device and where possible, the working environment in which the device is likely to be used.

Ear plugs are tested for many of the properties outlined above in EN 352-1:

  • Sizing and adjustability
  • Materials and construction
  • Resistance to damage when dropped
  • Ignitability
  • Minimum attenuation

There are, however, some small differences in testing methods in EN 352-2. Custom moulded ear plugs are not tested for sizing and adjustability. Additionally, with reusable ear plugs, the method of cleaning and disinfection specified is assessed to ensure it causes no significant alteration to the acoustic performance, or to the material and construction properties.

The Portwest hearing protection range includes PPE with different level sound attenuation. This can be adapted to various working environments, therefore giving the correct protection from dangerous noise, without isolating the workers. Additionally, new models and colours for earmuffs allow a personalised choice.

 

EN 352-1:2002 – Hearing Protectors – Ear muffs

Ear muffs tested in accordance with EN 352-1:2002 must be labelled with the standard number, manufacturer and model identification. Where required, there should also be indication for the orientation of the ear muff e.g. ‘TOP’ and/or ‘LEFT’ and ‘RIGHT’.

Materials and construction

Any materials used to make the product that will come into contact with the skin must be non-staining and not likely to cause skin irritation, allergic reaction or other adverse effects on health. The device must be free from sharp edges to be considered safe for use, and cleaning and disinfection methods specified should not cause damage or impairment to the hearing protection.

Size and adjustability

This is tested to ensure that ear defenders are suitable for the range of head sizes designated by the manufacturer. With EN 352-1:2002 compliant products you should expect an adequate fit.

Cup rotation

Hearing protectors are measured to assess whether or not the rotation of the cups is sufficient. There must be enough rotation for wearers to adjust the device to achieve the best fit.

Headband force

There should be no excessive force on the wearer’s head.

Cushion pressure

There should be no excessive pressure on the wearer’s head.

Resistance to damage when dropped

For this test, the ear protection product is dropped from a specified height onto a solid steel plate. If part of the product cracks or breaks then it will fail the test.

Change in headband force

After the tests above have been completed, headbands are subjected to flexing for 1000 cycles, before being conditioned in a water bath at 50°C for 24 hours. Once complete the headband force is measured a second time. A maximum deviation between the 2 measurements determines whether it passes.

Resistance to leakage

This is specifically for ear muffs with fluid-filled cushions. A vertical load of 28±1 Newtons is applied to the cushion for 15 minutes and any leakage caused will constitute a test failure.

Ignitability

A steel rod heated to around 650°C is applied to the hearing protection device. If any part ignites or continues to glow after the removal of the rod then the device will fail the ignition test.

Minimum attenuation

The minimum attenuation value must be recorded for EN 352-1 compliant ear muffs. This is the lowest sound pressure level perceivable by the ear of 16 human test subjects with and without the hearing protection worn. It is then possible to calculate the performance of the model from these values.

Here are the SNRs required to remain compliant at various noise levels: (noise calculator here)

The higher the SNR level, the more protection the product gives.

Noise Level Minimum SNR Ideal SNR Maximum SNR
85 dB 5 9 – 14 18
90 dB 10 14 – 19 23
95 dB 15 19 – 24 28
100 dB 20 24 – 29 33
105 dB 25 29 – 34 38
110 dB 30 34 – 39 43