Noise Survey/ Auditing EAR TESTING
Significant changes to the Noise at Work Regulations came into force in Spring 2006 yet, even now in 2012; many companies have yet to comply with the changes and are at serious risk from prosecution.
It is estimated that 170,000 people suffer deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions as a result of exposure to excessive noise in the work place. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is one of the most common causes of disability in the UK, and the Noise Regulations aim to reduce the numbers affected. Are you ready to make a positive difference in your work place?
We can tailor a noise assessment of your workplace to ensure you have the appropriate measures in place. Our assessment complies with HSE guidance for employers – “Noise Assessments, Getting What You Need”. It is carried out by one of our competent noise specialists. Do not confuse a cheap noise survey with a competent noise survey. Several clients using us for the first time have commented how good our noise survey is when compared to what they have had done before.
Commonly, noise assessments take between one and two days to carry out and complete, depending on the size of your organisation and scope of noise.
Please note, a two yearly review of your noise assessment should be carried out if there are no significant changes in the workplace during this time.
Audiometric testing is mandatory for all UK employees who are exposed to levels of 85dB(A) on a daily basis. It checks the effectiveness of the noise control measures a company has in place and assesses whether or not the staff requires regular hearing tests as a result.
Typically the tests are used to determine someone’s hearing levels using an audiometer but they can also be used to measure someone’s ability to distinguish different sound intensities, recognize pitch or distinguish speech from background noise. Acoustic reflex and otoacoustic emissions may also be measured during the audiometric testing period as a way to determine whether those affected require ongoing hearing tests.
Ideally audiometric testing should start before a person is exposed to noise e.g. for new starters or those changing jobs, in order to set a baseline. We know that this isn’t always possible and it is acceptable for audiometric testing to be introduced at any time for those who have already been exposed to noise.
The testing will then be followed by a regular series of hearing tests, conducted annually for the first two years then at three yearly intervals.
All our audiometric testing is carried out during working hours with minimal disruption to your business, in a professional manner and at a competitive, all-inclusive rate. Employees will also complete a questionnaire and a Sound Advice technician will visually inspect their ears after completing the hearing tests
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Contact us today for your FREE consultation with our team of experts. If you have any questions, need some advice, or if you need to arrange a consultation we would love to talk to you. Feel free to contact us by phone at 0843 523 0410 or online.