Loud noise over a period of time at work or a sudden extremely loud noise can cause permanent hearing damage or tinnitus (buzzing or humming in the ears). Hearing loss caused by work is preventable but once your hearing has gone it won’t come back.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (the ‘Noise Regulations’) requires employers to eliminate or reduce risks to health and safety from noise at work.
Depending on the level of risk employers should
- Take action to reduce the noise exposure.
- Ensure the legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded.
- Provide your employees with personal hearing protection.
- Maintain the use of equipment you provide to control noise risks.
- Provide all employees with information, instruction and training; and carry out health surveillance (monitor workers’ hearing ability) The Regulations apply where work activities expose employees at work to risks to their health and safety from noise.
Health surveillance – what is it?
- A workplace risk assessment of the work environment will identify which employees are at risk from noise.
- Health surveillance must be provided for all employees who are likely to be frequently exposed above the upper exposure action values or are at risk for any reason (pre-existing hearing loss or underlying health condition affecting hearing).
- Health surveillance consists of a baseline hearing test, ideally conducted in a hearing booth or quiet area, and baseline hearing questionnaire.
- Review appointments are completed for the first two years of being exposed to noise and then at three yearly intervals if no identified problems, but this may need to be more often if any problems are identified or the risks of hearing damage is high.
- Health surveillance results are provided to the employee and employer in an outcome report, stating the individual is fit or unfit to work and may contain additional advice regarding workplace adjustments or restrictions. Any information on any hearing damage an employee has will only be given to an employer with consent of the employee.
- In addition, anonymised grouped health information can be provided to assist employers to review risk assessments and improve existing control measures.
Other medical services we can provide
This assessment will evaluate if someone is fit to work in certain environments.view service
These checks will also identify if existing control measures in place are adequateview service
Work Health Assessments
We will identify if an employee is fit to undertake night workview service