Hearing Loss in Industry Claims Rise in 2015
Posted By Kerry Budworth on 2015-09-01 12:15
Is Your Occupational Health Strategy in Place?
We came across an interesting piece on the interweb the other day. The piece was on The Actuary .Com and was about a significant rise in hearing loss claims in the UK in 2015. It also said that hearing loss claims had seen increases in 2010 and 2013. However, there had been a decrease in 2014. The article said that based on figures provided by the What was interesting was that on average half of the claims made resulted in a zero payout. 70% of claim costs were for solicitor fees and not the claimant at all. The article went onto say that based on data provided by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the average legal costs for a hearing loss claim were £10,500, while the average compensation paid to the claimant was £3,100. It would seem with these figures in mind and the expected rise in claims that it is imperative to have a strong health and safety at work strategy in place in your business.
What do the regulations require you to do?
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (Noise Regulations 2005) require employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work. Employees also have duties under the Regulations. The Regulations require you as an employer to do the following:
- Assess the risks to your employees from noise at work;
- Take action to reduce the noise exposure that produces those risks;
- Provide your employees with hearing protection if you cannot reduce the noise exposure enough by using other methods;
- Make sure the legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded;
- Provide your employees with information, instruction and training;
- Carry out health surveillance where there is a risk to health.
Industrial Hearing Screening
In order that you protect your staff and protect your business, it is important to undertake hearing screening in the workplace as part of a health surveillance strategy. It is also imperative that before a new employee starts on the job that you have their hearing tested in order that you have a reliable baseline for their hearing acuity. This baseline makes perfect sense in order that you protect your business.
Occupational hearing testing will also give early warning of any issues in order that you can take steps to protect the hearing of any employee who needs it. If you have any questions, or you would like a quote on screening or healthcare surveillance, please give us a call at 01 455 234 600. You can read more about your responsibilities under the act and health surveillance for noisy workplaces in our article Why You Need Hearing Screening At Your Business