Hearing tests for LGIS WA members
Work Health Professionals is pleased to be working with LGIS WA as their preferred provider for audiometric testing services for LGIS WA members. This includes local governments and shires in regional WA.
We conduct WA regional road trips twice a year to support regional LGIS members to access these services:
- March/April – Wheatbelt, Great Southern and South West
- August/September – Midwest, Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley
How to organise your audiometric testing
For LGIS members:
to find out more about organising and funding WorkCover audiometric testing for your employees, please contact Renee Wockner, Manager Allied Health Services, LGIS.
- Tel: +61 (8) 9483 8826
If you are not an LGIS member please contact us on (08) 9204 1999.
Our mobile audiometric testing facility will come to your workplace and conduct WorkCover hearing tests onsite. Onsite audiometric testing offers a convenient and cost-effective way of meeting your WorkCover and OHS legislative requirements whilst minimising worker downtime and productivity disruption. We help you to make it easy and efficient!
What you will get
Work Health Professionals provide a comprehensive accredited audiometric testing and hearing conservation service. Your Work Health Professionals managed hearing testing program will meet AS/NZS 1269 standards. As a part of this service we will:
- consult each employee about their hearing test results and hearing conservation
- provide a copy of the results to the employee
- provide a copy of the results to their employer
- register each result on our internal database for comparison with subsequent tests for risk management (should the member wish to do so)
- provide consultation to you regarding Hearing Conservation and Noise Hazard management & legal obligations (should you want us to do so)
Our service also includes a reminder recall management system to inform you when your next audiometric testing program is due.
- The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, governed by WorkCover WA, requires a baseline audiometric test be provided by employers to all employees exposed to (prescribed) noise in the workplace, within 12 months of commencing employment.
- The assessment must be conducted by a WorkCover WA registered audiometric officer, or audiologist, utilising approved protocols, test environment (audio booth) and equipment.
- Work Health Professionals conduct onsite audiometric testing to these strict standards.
WorkCover hearing tests
As per WorkCover WA regulations, it is compulsory for employers to arrange baseline hearing tests in prescribed workplaces*, even if their workers are wearing hearing protection.
- All workers employed in a prescribed workplace for the first time must have a baseline hearing test within twelve months of commencing employment.
- The National Code of Practice for Noise Management and Hearing Protection at Work, recommends regular (annual) hearing testing.
- When a worker leaves an organisation, an exit audiometric test is also recommended.
This legislation serves the employee by establishing a baseline hearing test measure for compensation should change occur indicating an injury. It also serves to protect the employer against ‘bogus’ claims.
Workplace baseline hearing tests done on all new employees can also go some way to protect an employer against any hearing loss incurred at a previous employer’s work site. See more in WorkCover WA’s “Guide to Noise Induced Hearing Loss”
The national standard for exposure to noise in the occupational environment is an average daily exposure level of 85 decibels. This is consistent with overwhelming scientific evidence which indicates that exposure levels above 85 decibels represent an unacceptable risk to the hearing of those exposed. Find out more about WorkSafe required Noise Surveys
*According to WorkCover WA, a prescribed workplace “exists when workers receive a personal noise dose of 90dB(A) or above during an eight hour day, or its equivalent, and where such a day is representative of the worker’s typical work practices (approximately equal to the noise from an idling heavy motor truck at a distance of one metre). Any workers who receive noise above the peak exposure of 140dB(lin) on one or more occasions, even for a short time, will also require testing (approximately equal to the peak noise level from a mid to high calibre firearm at the user’s ear).” See more on the legislation around audiometric testing in WA.