Noise and Workers Compensation
Between July 2002 and June 2007 there were about 16 500 successful workers’ compensation claims for industrial deafness involving permanent impairment due to noise.
It is compulsory, under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, for employers to arrange and pay for baseline hearing tests for all workers in prescribed “noisy” workplaces.
- New employees – must have a baseline hearing test within within 12 months of commencing employment, regardless of whether the worker is wearing hearing protection.
Prevent ‘compo’ claims
Regular hearing testing helps prevent Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and subsequent Workers Compensations claims.
Safe Work Australia recommends regular testing because knowledge of any change allows employers to better manage the risk and to avoid potential compensation claims. This is because it allows for better risk management for the employer and greater awareness of any loss for the employee.
It can also help you avoid potential workers compensation claims for noise induced hearing loss or industrial deafness as a result of noise exposure at work.