3M launches new hearing protection range for mining

first_imgDiversified technology company 3M has announced the launch of the Peltor X ear defenders series, a new range of ear defenders offering enhanced comfort and protection. The Peltor X ear defenders range by 3M consists of five different models offering increasing levels of protection, each available as a headband or helmet-mounted version giving ten products in total. The Peltor X5 ear defenders model is protective enough to deal with high-noise environments such as mines and processing plants, offering “the highest attenuation of the range and the greatest level of protection currently available on the ear defender market” (SNR 37dB). The range is colour-coded to provide easy recognition between levels, while the modern styling and comfortable fit can help to aid workplace compliance.Sarah Broadbent, Technical Services Engineer for the 3M Personal Safety Division, says: “Combining the latest attenuation techniques with the leading features of our existing Peltor brand Optime ear defenders range by 3M has led to the development of the Peltor X Series. The Peltor X5 model in particular is ideally suited for mine staff who require the highest levels of protection against noise. The five levels of protection offered by the Peltor X Series from 3M make it suitable for a wide range of industries and applications, while the new foam sealing rings on the higher-attenuating products minimise bulk, making it easy to incorporate with other pieces of personal protective equipment without compromising on safety.”last_img read more

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The 30yearold documents that unintentionally planned for Irelands IMF bailout

first_imgIF YOU EVER doubted that decisions made at government level can have ramifications decades down the line, just read these four pages.The documents, released under the 30 Year Rule, show the Taoiseach authorising an increase of £110.9 million (from £206.1 million to £304.4 million) in Ireland’s quota subscription in the International Monetary Fund.The quota is significant to members as it determines the amount of its contribution and its voting power in the body.But most importantly – as recognised by Garret Fitzgerald’s government in 1983 – it increases the amount of credit potentially available to a country if faced with serious balance of payments difficulties.In general, it is practice to review the quota every five years but it was brought forward in 1983 due to heavy demands on the IMF for loans in the first years of the decade form developing countries.Although other countries had to pass legislation to push through the increase, Ireland vested the power in the Central Bank which was responsible for paying into the Fund.The Central Bank wanted to consent to the increase, as did the Minister for Finance Alan Dukes who said it was important that Ireland supports the IMF’s efforts to “promote stable international financial conditions which are in Ireland’s interests as well as those of other member countries of the Fund”.“The increase in our quota would also increase the amount of IMF credit potentially available to Ireland should circumstances ever arise where we needed to borrow from the Fund,” he added.last_img read more

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