Did you know:
- More than 880,000 New Zealanders are living with hearing loss
- 30% of all hearing loss is preventable
- 16-37% of hearing loss globally is attributed to occupational noise or Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL).
Hearing Awareness Week runs from Sunday March 3rd to Saturday March 9th — a good time to consider the health of you and your teams hearing. Hearing tests are mandatory if your workplace has noise levels exceeding the equivalent of 85dB(A) for a period of 8 hours. The National Foundation for the Deaf is behind Silent March – a fundraising initiative that your workplace can get behind. Click here to learn more.
Our occupational health team offer hearing tests to support you in meeting your legal obligations, as well as looking after the health of your team. It is recommended that hearing tests be carried out annually to comply with the Approved Code of Practice for the Management of Noise in the Workplace.
What is involved?
Employees undergo a 15 minute hearing test usually at your premises (or TriEx premises by arrangement). TriEx will take care of all future test scheduling and ensure that consents are obtained for a full statistical and informative report on results to be released to management.
Hearing tests include:
- Assessment of the employees past and present noise history (includes recreational)
- A physical assessment of the ear to look for medical cause
- Pure tone audiometry over eight frequencies in both ears
- Explanation of the results to the employee
- Education on responsibility to protect
- Assessment of their hearing protection to comply with your annual audit of PPE
The noise output of your workplace should also be monitored every 5 years — or sooner if plant and equipment is purchased or modified. Our Occupational Hygienists can also assist you with carrying out a workplace noise assessment.
To learn more about our occupational health services you can contact our team on 0800 487 439 or email firstname.lastname@example.org