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Audiometry testing is a method of health surveillance and most commonly comes under the responsibility of health and safety managers who are responsible for Noise at Work.
Specifically looking at noise exposure and Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 state that you should conduct ‘appropriate‘ health surveillance on anyone who is at risk. The HSE, in their guidance, state that this should be anyone who is exposed to above the Upper Action Value of 85dBA Lep’d.
The answer is only one thing: Industrial Screening Audiometry
As with all other types of health surveillance you will likely have a questionnaire to supply to the employee which goes along with the hearing testing, but a hearing check should always be part of the process.
Clearly anyone who is exposed to above the Upper Action Value MUST be tested, but many companies who do this seriously take the view that this should certainly be extended to anyone exposed to above the Lower Action Value (LAV), and quite right too! While you are at it, you should also include anyone you can reasonably t in. For example, if there is room for some ofce workers every few years, then why not – you might nd something that could help someone!
If you want to get going with some testing, then the rst thing you will need is a person trained to do the testing. Remember, this person does not have to be medically qualied, just trained in carrying out screening audiometry tests. You will also need some kit, which will comprise the following items:
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