If you work in an environment with hazardous levels of noise (more than 85 dB averaged over an eight-hour shift), your employer is required to have your hearing tested each year. The employer pays for the testing. 

After your hearing test, the technician will discuss the results with you and suggest any necessary follow-up. The technician can also recommend the best hearing protection for you to use. 

Normally, these hearing tests are offered at the end of the year.  This year, however, the District is not having the tests in order to limit close contacts.  The hearing testing will be offered in October, one year from the last offering. Once things return ‘back to normal’, they will resume the testing annually in June. 

Internal coverage can be scheduled by the school. Teachers should work with their school administration to find appointment times that will work. If anyone has trouble, they should let the district Health and Safety department know.  The district Health and Safety department assures us that they will work with the administrator to ensure teachers are able to attend the hearing testing. 

Contact Gavin Slade-Kerr at hs@surreyteachers.org if you have concerns or questions. 

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