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doseBadge proves no problem for Patterson Pumps - Case study


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A chance introduction to Cirrus Research at a US Health & Safety Conference proved to be very fortunate timing for Greg Dobson.

Greg is the Environmental and Safety Manager for the Patterson Pump Company, one of the world’s leading suppliers of quality pumps for sectors including: flood control, industrial, fire, municipal and HVAC.

He explains in his own words: “While attending the Georgia Health, Safety and Environmental Conference, an exhibitor introduced me to the wireless doseBadge®. Quite frankly, I was in the market to replace our outdated dosimeter and didn’t want to deal with untangling wires and having to use screwdrivers to remove reader covers to examine the test results.”

Greg went on to buy two doseBadges® and a reader unit so he could download test data direct to his computer.

But the doseBadge® really proved its usefulness when Greg heard that the company’s Hearing Protection Programme had picked up an employee who had experienced a ‘threshold shift’ in their hearing compared to his baseline hearing test.

A Standard Threshold Shift, or STS, is defined in OSHA’s occupational noise exposure standard at 29 CFR 1910.95(g)(10)(i) as a change in hearing threshold (relative to the baseline audiogram for that employee) of an average of 10 decibels (dB) or more, at specific frequencies, in one or both ears.

Greg immediately conducted a dosimeter test of the employee using the doseBadge®. “Having past experience with other ‘belt-clip’ dosimeters, I always look forward to conducting these tests now.” he said. “With the doseBadge®, it is wireless, virtually indestructible and so easy to use. Once the tests were completed I inserted the doseBadge® into the reader and pressed the ‘Read’ button. You can’t get much simpler than that!”

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