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    Occupational Hearing Conservation

Hearing Healthcare Ireland

provides a

TOTAL HEARING CONSERVATION

solution for your company.

As such, we act as a

“one-stop-shop” for all your

hearing and/or noise

Health & Safety needs.

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The main objective of a 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.

 

An effective Hearing Conservation Programme should consist of:

Noise Assessment:

This will assess your risks and obligations.

  • Identify high noise areas and equipment.
  • Identify all employees who may be at risk
  • Assess hearing protection used on site

Hearing Protection:

This will help to prevent hearing damage.

  • Make sure there is a choice of protection made available.
  • They must be comfortable to wear, hygienic, easy to use.

Hearing Tests:

This will identify below normal hearing levels.

  • Carry out BASELINES on all employees.
  • Continue a regular testing programme for those above 80dB(A).

Hearing Healthcare Ireland advises companies on how best to establish a Hearing Conservation Programme that incorporates Noise Assessment, Hearing Protection, and Audiometry (with a Mobile Testing Unit).  Audiometry is used effectively to record and monitor hearing levels either a) prior to joining a company, b) at regular intervals during employment with a company to help detect changes in hearing levels due to exposure to excessive noise levels, or c) when leaving a company in order to establish the exit hearing level to avoid claims for hearing damage arising from subsequent employment elsewhere.

In the Control of Noise at Work Regulations (Chapter 1 of Part 5 of the General Application Regulations 2007) Noise Assessment, Hearing Protection, and Audiometric Screening are covered under Regulations 124, 129 & 131 respectively.


This legislation makes the protection of workers from noise exposure MANDATORY.