We specialise in conducting a core range of tests
Audiometry (Hearing Tests)
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 dictates that employers should health surveillance in place where their workers are regularly exposed to noise levels above 85 decibels.
Strath Med offers convenient on-site industrial audiometry that ensures employers comply with this compulsory requirement.
Each test only takes around 15 minutes to complete, it also includes a questionnaire to determine any underlying issues or other factors that could effect test performance. The test results are also explained to the employee.
Normally each test would also include a visual (otoscopic) examination of both ears (to check for any infections or compacted ear wax), but due to Covid this will only now be undertaken in circumstances where an employee’s test performance is below what was expected.
Requiring a series of employees to sit in an extremely small enclosed space such as an audiometric booth isn’t something that we would be comfortable with due to Covid. As a result of this, tests will now be conducted in a quiet room at your premises.
All that’s needed is a room with a couple of seats, a table and a plug socket.
The room also needs to be big enough to maintain a distance of two metres between our technician and the employee being tested.
Spirometry (Lung Function Tests)
Occupation related lung problems can arise from exposure to a range hazardous substances across a number of industries.
Identifying any adverse health effects early on is important with lung conditions. Early detection can help prevent the condition from worsening and highlight any workplace improvements that could be made prevent this from happening.
Strath Med offers on-site lung function tests for your employees. Each test only takes around 15-20 minutes per employee.
As Spirometry involves the forced expiration of breath, due to Covid we are now conducting these tests outdoors in one of our portable utility tents.
These portable structures can be set up anywhere outside of your premises on a hard or soft ground surface. They afford employees a level of privacy when they are performing tests, and the doors are left open to allow fresh air to vent freely between each test.
Further Covid infection control procedures have also been implemented for Spirometry, including using single use disposable bacterial/viral filters and enhanced equipment sterilisation.
HAVS (Hand & Arm Vibration Syndrome)
HAVS can be caused by employees working with vibrating tools or by holding materials being processed by vibrating machines.
The Control of Vibrations at work regulations 2005 defines the measures employers need to take where employees are subject to vibration and when compulsory health surveillance must be undertaken.
Strath Med can carry out Tier 1 and Tier 2 HAVS assessments on any employees that fall under the scope of the HAVS regulations.
Through skin contact (or absorption) with hazardous materials, workers in a wide range of industries can be affected with skin diseases such as dermatitis.
It is appreciated that preventing exposure to such hazardous materials may not always be practicable, in such instances the exposure must be adequately controlled.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) (COSHH) sets out the measures that employers are expected to take in order to avoid or mitigate any adverse consequences of such exposure.
Regular checking of exposed skin along with a health questionnaire can help with the early detection of any existing or emerging issues caused by exposure of the skin to hazardous materials, and in turn identify if appropriate steps are being taken to help prevent this.