"We created WorkScreen because traditional hearing tests are not practicable for many organisations today"
WorkScreen has been created by a small team of hearing industry veterans concerned that too many workers at risk of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) were not getting hearing tests - even when regulations say they should.
Compliance rates for hearing tests in certain industries (e.g hospitality) and in certain worker cohorts (e.g. contractors) is thought to be particularly poor.
This is partly because traditional occupational hearing test methods and systems were conceived to address the needs of a more heavily industrialised world and not for today’s society. In effect, traditional hearing tests are not practicable for many organisations today:
More regulations & tight budgets - Hearing testing has to fit in the context there's a lot to do and no more hours in the day to do it!
Smaller workforces – smaller workforces make it challenging to employ occupational health services efficiently
More mobile and home working – dispersed workforces make it organising & deploying tests difficult
Shorter contracts, sub-contractors & changing work patterns – more starters and leavers with a more varied work history requires prompt baselining and exit tests to control risk.
Higher noise doses - Individuals are exposing themselves to higher noise doses outside work (listening to music on the go) and are at higher risk of starting work with NIHL, or of developing hearing problems like tinnitus.