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Armed Forces: Industrial Health and Safety

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment for the protection of hearing is provided to armed forces personnel in theatre. (207035)

As part of the general equipment allocation, all Army personnel and Royal Marines are issued with a muff type ear protector which can be supplemented by disposable earplugs. These are also issued to RAF and RN personnel when their job requires them. In addition, specialist ear protection is provided for personnel when their role requires additional protection.

All service personnel arriving in theatre are provided with a re-usable double-ended earplug which provides protection against weapon firing or against continuous background noise. Hearing protection is also incorporated into most communication systems used by vehicles crews.