The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (the Noise Regulations) came into force for all industry sectors in Great Britain on 6 April 2006 replaced the previous regulations that had been in force since 1989.The new regulations have tightened the rules and lowered the noise exposure limits within the workplace.
The aim of the Noise Regulations Act was to ensure that an employee’s hearing is protected from excessive noise at their workplace, Depending on the level of risk to an employee, it is a requirement by law under The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) for those employees exposed to noise within the workplace to undergo regular monitoring. Employers have a legal requirement and a duty of care to reduce the noise exposure within the workplace, ensure the legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded, provide employees with personal hearing protection, maintain the use of equipment provided to control noise risks and provide all employees with information, instruction and correct training on the levels which could cause hearing to loss. Loud noise can cause permanent hearing damage or tinnitus (permanent ringing in the ears). Noise induced hearing loss caused by work related tasks is preventable with well managed systems and monitoring in place.
UK Screening Solutions use the latest technology in audiometry testing equipment, providing instant data during the assessment that allows the nurse or technician to explain their findings to your candidate and provide the results to the employer following the assessment. Where areas of concern are highlighted, we can refer to our OH Physicians for advice and guidance on how to manage the employees’ work activities and recommend strategies to minimise risk.
UK Screening Solutions provide audiometry testing in our clinic’s, which are equipped with sound attenuating booths by or utilising our purpose built mobile medical units that visit your offices or sites.
The audiometry data management system interfaces with the UKSS Occupational Health Portal and provides data that can be utilised as part of an ongoing health surveillance programme. The data allows us to make comparisons on subsequent visits to detect any early signs of any abnormal deterioration in hearing capacity and therefore help tackle any issues before they become a more serious problem.
The hearing assessment is quick and convenient, with minimal disruption to the workforce with each hearing assessment taking 15 – 20 minutes per employee.
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Our experienced team will support you in the implementation of a robust comprehensive health programme to ensure that your company complies to all Health and Safety legal obligations. We will advise your company of the latest pertinent European directives, UK Occupational Health laws and regulations.