Home - What can we do if a worker refuses to undertake a hearing test?
February 06, 2015 on chapter Noise safety

One of our workers is refusing to undergo the annual audiometric testing. He also refused to participate last year, but the company let it go. The worker is a long-term employee who is considered at-risk with respect to noise. Where do we stand?

You first need to establish what the basis for refusal is as there may be a legitimate medical reason. In the absence of this, you can rely on your statutory duty to ensure safety, which you can use to give the worker a lawful and reasonable direction to submit to the testing. A failure to follow the direction can be grounds for disciplinary action.

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