The new WA Work Health & Safety Regulations 2022 Finally, after many years of promise, the new nationally harmonized Worksafe WA governed Work Health & Safety (WHS) Regulations are planned for release in Western Australia in March 2022. With these regulations will come some significant changes. This article refers to those changes around Noise and…

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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…

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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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Have you planned your WorkCover hearing tests for this year? Matt, and our mobile hearing test facility are now back on the road for the new year. If you have started any new employees in the last few months, and they haven’t already had an audiometric test as part of their pre-employment medical assessment, then…

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