Free Hearing Tests at ISCEx 2020
Hearing loss can have a dramatic impact upon us all and our ability to do our work, particularly in our industries. Hearing Loss can also affect mental wellbeing, which can affect workplace attendance. In fact taking care of employees’ mental wellbeing is good for business. In a recent study, international consultants, Deloitte, estimated that poor mental health costs UK employers £33bn-42bn each year.*
Their research also looked at several organisations that had implemented workplace mental health interventions; they found that most showed a positive return on investment. And it’s not simply a financial cost. As Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer highlight, in their recent review of mental health and employers, the human cost of poor mental health is also huge –– it can have a massive impact on the person experiencing it.
With the right support, hearing loss doesn’t have to equate to poor mental health. But someone with hearing loss who doesn’t get the support they need at work – coupled with poor awareness among colleagues and managers – could experience a negative impact on their wellbeing.
And of course there are potentially financial implications for businesses too.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 require each employer to manage the risk to their employees and, where possible, freelancers. The guidance says that they should control, reduce and monitor exposure to noise. See this link here http://www.hse.gov.uk/noise/musicsound.htm
A recent ruling in favour of a musician at the Royal Opera House (upheld in the Court of Appeal) will potentially lead to a significant compensation award and will potentially lead to further actions where employers are not seen to be meeting the guidance.
Recognising hearing loss is important so we encourage you to visit ISCEx 2020, along with your colleagues and get a hearing test, completely free of charge.
*Mental Wellbeing, Hearing Loss and the Workplace by Rowena Stobart, Action on Hearing Loss