Sound Advice Safety & Health Ltd

49 Melford Court,
Hardwick Grange,

: 01925 838350
Fax: 01925 838351

Health Surveillance for Hearing Tests

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005

Employers MUST:

  • Assess the risk to employees from noise at work
  • Carry out health surveillance (hearing tests) where there is a risk
  • Take action to reduce noise exposure
  • Provide employees with hearing protection if noise cannot be reduced
  • Ensure that the legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded
  • Provide employees with information, instruction and training

Employees MUST:

  • Co-operate and attend for hearing tests
  • Use the hearing protection provided by the employer
  • Report any defects in hearing protection
  • Use hearing protection in mandatory areas

Audiometric Hearing Tests

You must provide health surveillance (hearing checks) for all your employees who are likely to be regularly exposed above the upper exposure action value, or are at risk for any reason, e.g. they already suffer from hearing loss or are particularly sensitive to damage.

The purpose of health surveillance is to:

  • Warn you when employees might be suffering from early signs of hearing damage.
  • Give you an opportunity to do something to prevent the damage getting worse.
  • Check that control measures are working.

Sound Advice Safety & Health Ltd carry out all hearing tests inside an audiometric booth in one of our purpose built mobile medical units.

According to the HSE, hearing checks are unlikely to constitute audiometric testing unless the measurements are done in a proper acousting check booth.

The hearing tests are carried out to HSE guidelines, using the categorisation method, as per the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Any employee whose hearing test is below an acceptable level will be sent to their GP for further investigation.

If you would like further information on this service or any other work related health & safety issues please contact our Head Office:


Contact us now on 01925 838350 and speak to one of our consultants for further advice on your company's needs.
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