Audiometric tests – planning for the new WHS regulations

It is expected that the new WA Work Health Safety (WHS) regulations for audiometric tests will reflect those of harmonised States such as NSW and QLD.

Under these WHS regulations, the employer is required to provide audiometric testing at least every 2 years if hearing protection is used to protect the worker from the risk of hearing loss associated with noise that exceeds the exposure standard for noise (average of 85 dB(A) or peak of 140 dB(C)).

The audiometric testing is to be conducted:

  • within 3 months of the worker commencing the work, and
  • at least every 2 years

We expect the new WA WHS Regulations for audiometric tests will be implemented in 2022.

 

Onsite audiometric testing

WHP’s onsite audiometric testing services are best suited to helping organisations best manage these anticipated WHS requirements.

  • WHP have been providing accredited onsite audiometric testing in WA for almost 20 years
  • We offer a fully accredited mobile facility and also provide WorkCover accredited FIFO services
  • We provide you with risk management audiometric reporting, including the ability to compare % hearing loss over time by department, role or worker 
  • We register your results with WorkCover WA (if required)
  • We will remind you and organise your 2 yearly testing when due again
  • We conduct annual regional road-trips with our mobile facility to support regional organisations and work sites.

Our WorkCover hearing test truck heads South East in March/April and North West in July/August most years providing support for the regions to meet their WHS and WorkCover requirements.

Services available on our regional road trips include:

  • WorkCover hearing tests
  • Noise Surveys
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Ear plug fit testing
  • Lung function testing
  • Air monitoring

We do our best to cover the following regions annually:

  • MidWest, Gascoyne, Pilbara and West Kimberley
  • Great Southern, Wheatbelt and South West