NIHL &  Hearing Surveillance

Surveillance with added staff buy-in (and no big brother)

WorkScreen is a tablet-based screening audiometer, specifically designed for workplace hearing screening to HSE guidelines. Audiometric screening with WorkScreen meets the HSE’s audiometric testing guidelines for hearing surveillance and  is  independently certified to BS 60645. Page references refer to  L108 - the HSE guidelines on Control of Noise at Work Regulations. 

 

Compared to other options available, WorkScreen automates more processes than ever before, for consistent 

  • quality 

  • patient outcomes 

  • test costs

  • worker engagement

 

WorkScreen can be employed by contracted healthcare providers or in-house occupational health staff to fulfil the requirements of an effective hearing surveillance programme.

Find out more by reading on or just contact us.

 

Hearing Surveillance

Hearing surveillance is “a programme of systematic health checks to identify early signs and symptoms of work-related ill health and to allow action to be taken to prevent its progression.”(pp27)  

 

“Suitable health surveillance usually means regular hearing checks (audiometric testing).” (pp27). So:

  • Surveillance is a system of activities and policies

  • A surveillance system “requires a designated person placed in charge” (pp109)

  • The audiometric testing process is one part of the surveillance programme

 

Audiometric Testing 

“Occupational audiometry is a surveillance technique used to detect early damage to hearing resulting from exposure to noise. Identifying any damage allows appropriate follow-up remedial action in the workplace and any necessary medical referral of the individual.” (pp109) “Audiometry is not, in itself, a diagnostic technique,….” (pp109)

  • The objective of audiometric testing at work is to screen workers for hearing damage due to noise – Noise Induced Hearing Loss.

  • WorkScreen is independently assessed and calibrated as a Class IV audiometer.

  • WorkScreen complies with BS 60645-1-2001 using RETSPLs from BS EN 389-8:2004 & BS EN ISO 8253-1-2010.

  • WorkScreen therefore fulfils the specification for workplace audiometric testing.

  • WorkScreen completes the testing process in a consistent and controlled manner that meets the appropriate standards, as above.

  • The employer/designated person in charge may make provision for otoscopy and controlling the test environment in line with their policies and/or the HSE guidelines.

 

Reporting, Referral and Record Keeping

Hearing surveillance includes the need to “explain the results of each test to the employee including the condition of the individual’s hearing, the significance of hearing damage, the importance of following your noise-control and hearing-protection programmes and what happens next if any abnormality in hearing is detected.” (pp85)

  • WorkScreen automatically interprets, categorises test results and presents them, based on HSE templates (pp123). These templates are also configurable. This information is presented to the user immediately and emailed to them for further evaluation/ their records.

  • WorkScreen refers tests, with appropriate user information, to a competent individual, in line with HSE guidelines (pp116)

  • WorkScreen stores and makes health record information available to the relevant employer representative, in line with the guidelines. (pp86).

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