I have come across at least one Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector informing employers that ALL workplace screening hearing tests have to be signed off by a doctor, but is this true?Read More
In any audiometry done for health screening purposes, a basic part of the test is the categorisation of the result, which is done against expected standard for that person's age and gender. Women generally have better hearing than men, a difference which widens with age. This means assessing a man against a the standard for a woman could register as a problem whereas for male standards it is perfectly fine, so how should a technician manage someone who has changed their identified gender?Read More
Our beloved Noise Regs require health surveillance (audiometry) to be provided for people who are identified as being at risk from noise exposures at work, but what about Agency staff where the individuals are not directly employed by the company operating the site?Read More
This falls into two categories, these being employers arranging tests and then employees refusing to attend, or employers arranging audiometry sessions but then telling employees attendance is voluntary. This gives clarity on both of these and what is allowed and what is not allowed.Read More
A question which often comes up is new starter testing, and how soon they should be given a hearing test when they start working for an employer.
The idealistic answer is 'on the day they start' which is OK for companies with an in-house Occupational Health department where new starters can be sent as part of their induction. Now, for the test of us...Read More