Work Health Professionals specialise in onsite audiometric testing in Western Australia. We can fly-in/out of site or bring our mobile facility to your workplace.
As we have accredited Noise Officers in our team, we can also calibrate a room to WorkCover standards and conduct onsite WorkCover audiometric testing from a quiet room at a Project Camp Site or large office block.
Hearing testing in WA is required in noisy work environments where employees wear, or should be wearing, hearing protection.
The newer WHS legislation in QLD, NSW and SA differs from WA. Requirements in these States includes:
- Audiometric testing must be provided within three months of the worker commencing work. Starting the audiometric testing before people are exposed to hazardous noise (such as new starters or those changing jobs) provides a baseline as a reference for future audiometric test results.
- Regular follow-up tests must be carried out at least every two years. These should be undertaken well into the work shift so that any temporary hearing loss can be picked up.
- More frequent audiometric testing (e.g. every six months) may be needed if exposures are at a high LAeq8h, which is equal or greater than 100 dB(A).
WA Legislation for hearing testing
In WA, it is expected that the current requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1984 and the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 will be maintained.
That means that all new employees in a noisy workplace must have a baseline hearing test within 12 months of commencing employment, regardless of whether the worker is wearing hearing protection.
Regular (annual) audiometric testing is recommended by Safe Work Australia in the National Code of Practice for Noise Management and Protection of Hearing at Work. It allows for better risk management for the employer and can also help avoid potential workers compensation claims for Noise Induced Hearing Loss.
It is important that workers understand that the aim of hearing testing is to evaluate the effectiveness of control measures to protect their hearing.