[QUOTE=Slick Cam;183158]Guess you haven’t worked for the companies I have then…[/QUOTE]
I’ve worked for a few sorry companies but never had any trouble getting proper hearing protection. I have seen many idiots pass up the cases of ear plugs and head phones and walk into machinery spaces.
When I was about 17, I remember coming out of the engine room and hanging up my headphones. I forgot a pack of cigarettes on the E/R control station. I slid down the handrails with no hearing protection, grabbed the pack and ran back up the ladder. The Chief and 1st both lit into me about this stupid act and how the safety of the crew relied on our hearing and the next time this happened, I’d be fired. They got my attention. The Chief had hearing aids that made him look like a star trek actor and the 1st had a box like an old transistor radio in his pocket with an earphone.
I’m 63 now. My physical last year showed just a measurable amount of hearing loss at high frequencies. I always ordered high quality headphones and plugs. I always wore one or the other. I wore both while in the IG room.
If the company is too cheap to furnish PPE, file a grievance. I guess if your non union, find another company.