Audiometry screening became mandatory at regular intervals for all UK employees exposed to daily noise levels of 85dB(A) under the Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
Under the Regulations employers are required to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work.
The Regulations require employers to:
- Assess the risks from noise at work to employees
- Take action to reduce noise exposure
- Provide hearing protection for those employees exposed if you cannot reduce the noise exposure by using other methods
- Ensure that legal limits are not exceeded
- Provide information, instruction and training to employees
- Undertake audiometry screening on staff where there is risk to health
The screening, a pure-tone audiogram, is an exact reading of the hearing thresholds by frequency, categorised to the (2005) HSE recommended guideline.
A questionnaire is completed and a visual inspection of the ears is undertaken. Audiometric screening will take approximately 15 minutes per person.