WorkSafe WA have just released an updated Code of Practice for “Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work”.

This Noise Code of Practice is an approved code of practice under section 274 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (the WHS Act).
It provides practical guidance on how to achieve the standards of work health and safety required under both the the WHS Act and the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (the WHS General Regulations), and the Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022 (the WHS Mines Regulations).

Audiometric testing – WA

The Noise Code of Practice states that a PCBU must provide audiometric testing for a worker who is carrying out work for the business or undertaking if the worker is required to frequently use personal hearing protectors as a control measure for noise that exceeds the exposure standard.

We provide onsite audiometric testing in WA to comply with this Noise code of practice, the new WA WHS regulations and WorkCover WA requirements.

Find out more about how we can make this process easy, efficient and cost effective for your worksites in Perth and around WA. This can include 2 yearly testing reminders to help you maintain this compliance.

Frequency of audiometric testing

Audiometric testing should be provided within 3 months of a worker commencing work where hearing protectors are required. For new employees, or those changing jobs, this should be done before they are exposed to hazardous noise as it provides a baseline that can be used as a reference for future audiometric test results.

Regular follow-up tests must be carried out at least every two years. These should be undertaken well into the work shift so that any temporary hearing loss can be picked up.
More frequent audiometric testing may be needed if exposures are at a high LAeq,8h, which is
equal to or greater than 100 dB(A).