NOISE AT WORK
We are Ireland’s leading provider of Occupational Hearing Conservation Programmes.
Since 1994 Hearing Healthcare Ireland advises companies on how best to establish a Hearing Conservation Programme that incorporates Noise Assessment, Hearing Protection, and Hearing Testing (Audiometry) – on-site with our Mobile Testing Unit.
The main objective of a proper and effective Hearing Conservation Programme is to ensure that no hearing damage occurs to employees as a result of noise exposure at work.
The cost of establishing and maintaining such a program is small compared to the cost of claims that may have to be paid for occupational hearing loss.
Workplace Noise Assessment
In order to identify noise levels which employees may be exposed to, a Noise Survey needs to be carried out.
This will assess not only the actual noise levels, but also the length of time individuals are exposed and help to establish what action must be taken. These Action Levels may include an obligation to reduce noise emissions as much as is reasonably practicable as well as ensuring correct and appropriate hearing protection is provided and worn, and finally the setting up of a hearing testing programme to monitor and assess hearing levels.
Hearing Healthcare can arrange to have a noise survey done at any time that is suitable to you.
Audiometric Screening (Hearing Tests):
Pre-employment, Baseline & Repeat Audiometric Testing
Each test includes an otoscopic examination of the outer ears, a brief history relative to hearing, and a pure-tone audiometric hearing test. The results are then classified and categorised. A summary list of the test results is then sent to the company for further processing. One copy of the individual reports (audiograms) can be sent to the company doctor when requested.
Hearing Healthcare will provide fully qualified and trained staff to test and examine the hearing of each employee. All testing is carried out using the highest standard equipment, in specially fitted our Mobile Testing Unit. The unit is positioned “on-site” for the duration of the testing. All shift patterns can be catered for and the complete examination time is approximately 10 – 15 minutes (max) per person. The unit is fully fitted with an audiometric testing booth and state-of-the-art testing equipment.
Once a noise assessment has been carried out, those employees identified as being exposed to high noise levels should have their hearing evaluated. Proper hearing protection should be provided where appropriate, warning signs should be posted, and educate / train all concerned.
Hearing Healthcare supplies and highly recommends the use of individually moulded hearing protection which have the following benefits:
Individually moulded to fit each person’s ears providing maximum comfort
Range of Special Filters to allow speech to be heard in moderate noise levels
Hygienic, washable, durable, non-allergenic high grade soft silicone material giving superior performance
Excellent protection from high noise levels
More cost-effective than disposable plugs
Can also be worn underneath ear muffs, helmets or glasses
Choice of High Visibility colours available
Fitting and Training included
The industries our clients operate in, include the following:
Construction; Engineering & Steelworks; Medical; Textiles; Newspaper & Printing; Mining; Plastics; Food & Drinks; Chemical; IT; Shipping; Airline & Cargo; Fishing; Timber; Music & Entertainment; Storage; Telecom; Policing/Security; Farming & Agriculture; Financial.