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Audiometry

Occupational Audiometry is a screening technique used to detect early damage to hearing resulting from exposure to noise. Identifying any damage allows for follow-up remedial action in the workplace and if necessary a medical referral. It is not a diagnostic technique.


The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 provide a comprehensive framework for the control of Noise at Work. The regulations place a general duty on employers to reduce the risk of hearing damage to the lowest level reasonably practicable and contain other requirements which have to be implemented when certain noise levels are reached.


ACTION LEVELS


Lower Exposure Action Value - 80dB(A)


Upper Exposure Action Value - 85dB(A)


Exposure Limit Value - 87dB(A)


If The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, indicates that there is a risk to the health of the employees exposed to noise, then the employer shall ensure that such employees are placed under suitable health surveillance, which includes testing their hearing.


AUDIOMETRY SCREENING PROCESS

After completing a general Audiometry questionnaire and having the ear canal examined, the Audiometry test will be carried out using an audiometer. Results will be discussed with the employee and if necessary they will be referred to their GP. A summary report will be sent to the company. Audiometry can be carried out at Nuffield House in the Audiometric Booth or at the company in a quiet room, only if ambient noise levels are suitable.


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