Workplace Hearing Screening Across The UK
An Integral Part Of Your Occupational Health Screening Strategy
Workplace Hearing Tests
As part of the health surveillance services we offer across the UK, we can provide workplace hearing tests. If you have any questions about hearing screening or any health surveillance services in Leicester or across the UK, don't hesitate to call us on 01455 234 600 or contact us online.
If you employ staff in a noisy working environment, you will understand the importance of hearing checks and noise protection. Not just a good idea, it is also a legal requirement under Regulation 5 of the Management of Health and Safety at work Regulations 1992 (MHSW Regs). At Healthscreen UK we provide a range of Noise related services to help you achieve a safer noise environment within your workplace.
Our services include:
On-site hearing screening for Employees
As new staff arrive, it’s crucial to have their hearing checked to establish their hearing levels at the start of their contract with you. We recommend hearing checks every year thereafter.
Noise Assessment and Noise Awareness Training
It’s important to understand responsibilities as an employer and we can help by assessing your noise levels in the work environment and advise accordingly.
Our noise survey reports include a detail of our findings, readings, and a report on what actions need to be taken. It will contain recommendations on the appropriate protection needed and/or affirmation that you’re already doing everything right, adherent to the Noise at Work Regulations.
Noise Protection in the Workplace, PPE Managemen
Health Screen Ltd can manage the use and provision of hearing protection so that “reasonable care” can be legally demonstrated by the initial assessment. We can advise on such areas of suitability and sufficiency, frequency attenuation, medical exemption from PPE and in the event of all other types of PPE being unsuitable we can mould employees ears in order that they can have personalised hearing protection. Custom made noise protection can offer the ultimate protection for your most valuable assets – your staff. You’ll be amazed by how competitively priced this protection can be. Our service will include visiting your site, taking impressions, and the provision of one pair of custom made earplugs for each employee.
Health & Safety Executive covering legislation :
Regulation 5 of the Management of Health and Safety at work Regulations 1992 (MHSW Regs)
Occupational audiometry or Hearing Screening is a screening technique used to detect early damage to hearing resulting from exposure to noise. Identifying any damage allows appropriate follow up remedial action in the workplace and any necessary medical referral of the individual. Although screening audiometry may also find changes in hearing due to other causes. It is not, in itself, a diagnostic technique.
At the beginning of the assessment, it is important to obtain the individual's medical history and other exposures to noise. At follow up examinations questions should be asked about the use of hearing protection, any changes in working patterns and noise exposure, and any complaints relating to the ears or hearing. After performing the hearing assessment any issues arising with an employee are brought to the attention of the company management and a referral service is offered.
A hearing assessment is performed to set a baseline for hearing, this is normally done the first year, then a comparative test should be undertaken in the second year. If these tests don't flag any problems, your schedule of testing should then fall back to every two-three years dependent upon your requirements. All new starters should be seen immediately and then fall into the process as above. Strict record keeping is maintained to monitor results taken over the given period. From this information, we can recommend good working practices to prevent any further issues.
Noise-induced hearing loss causes:
- Tinnitus—a permanent ringing sound in one or more ears
- An inability to hear clearly due to missing consonants, especially in background noise