Your questions answered: How do we deal with a worker who refuses to take a hearing test?

By Portner Press on February 28th, 2019
  1. Work Health & Safety Act
  2. Workplace health & safety regulations


One of our workers is refusing to undergo 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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