The new WA Work Health & Safety Regulations 2022 The new nationally harmonized Work Health & Safety Act 2020 and Regulations came into effect from 31st March 2022 in WA. These are governed by Worksafe WA. With these regulations come some significant changes. This article refers to those changes around Noise and Audiometric Testing. For…

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Audiometric tests – new WA WHS regulations The new WA Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulations for audiometric tests come into effect from March 31st 2022. 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…

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What is a WorkCover hearing test? In WA, a WorkCover hearing test is governed by WorkCover WA. Under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, it is compulsory for employers to arrange and pay for baseline hearing tests for all workers in prescribed “noisy” workplaces. All workers employed in a prescribed workplace for the…

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If you are booking an online appointment for your audiometric test, please read the employee hearing test checklist below to ensure you can be tested on the day. Please remember to bring your Form 18 and Form 406 on the day to hand to our audiometric officer. You also need to bring your photo ID…

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According to WorkSafe WA, a safe level of noise, to protect the most noise-sensitive people from any hearing loss during a working lifetime, would be an average over the work shift of about 75 dB(A). People vary in their susceptibility to noise damage. Noise Induced Hearing Loss One of the main effects of noise at work is noise-induced…

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This week, WA’s Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) issued Mines Safety Bulletin no. 169 focused on the dangers of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in mines. Exposure to prolonged or excessive noise has been proven to cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus (a high-pitched ringing in the ears). Both conditions are debilitating with…

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