A new poster available free from Howard Leight, San Diego, details the care and maintenance of earplugs and earmuffs.

Designed for placement on worksite bulletin boards and in other high-traffic areas, the colorful poster provides clear instructions for each type of hearing-protection device and may serve as a reminder to workers to wear hearing protectors.

Posters are available free for download through the company’s Web site, or by calling (800) 430-5490.

Colored panels discuss care of single-use earplugs, multiple-use earplugs, banded earplugs, and earmuffs. Information includes instructions for inspection prior to use, cleaning, and duration of wear before replacement is recommended.

Single-use earplugs should be discarded after every shift, while multiple-use earplugs can be washed with soap and warm water and reused for up to 4 weeks. Earmuffs can last indefinitely, but earcups and ear cushions must be washed regularly with mild soap and water (but not dipped), and replaced every 6 to 8 months under normal wear.

Howard Leight by Sperian offers a wide variety of hearing protection devices and technology.