On the face of it, the duty to supply hearing protectors to those employees who
require them should be a straightforward matter. Suppliers of personal protective
equipment (PPE) normally list many different types in their catalogues. Prices
can be as low as a few pence for a pair of ear plugs, and delivery times are short.
Yet it is not necessary to visit very many workplaces in order to find examples of
establishments where hearing protection is managed very badly. Situations