Audiometric testing regulations in WA

For audiometric testing in WA the new WorkSafe WHS regulations state the following:

How often should you do workplace audiometric testing in WA?

WHS Act 2020 and Regulations (ref reg. 58) place a duty on the person running a business to provide audiometric testing for workers who use personal hearing protection:

(a) within 3 months of the worker commencing the work; and

(b) in any event, at least every 2 years

WA WorkSafe WHS regs

The WorkSafe WA WHS Regulations require PCBUs to conduct audiometric testing (of a specific type) in relation to workers who are frequently required to use personal protective equipment to protect them from the risk of hearing loss associated with noise that exceeds the exposure standard (see Reg 58).

The PCBU who provides the personal protective equipment as a control measure must provide audiometric testing for the worker within 3 months of the worker commencing the work and in any event, at least every 2 years. These new WA Regulations became effective from April 1st 2024.

The grace period for organisations to get prepared for the audiometric testing changes has now ended.

Code of Practice

WorkSafe WA released new guidance on managing noise in the workplace. You can review updates in the Code of Practice – Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work.

WorkCover WA

The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, governed by WorkCover WA, currently requires a baseline audiometric test be provided by employers to all employees exposed to (prescribed) noise in the workplace. This will be changing effective July 1st 2024.

Currently, these workplace hearing tests 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 all onsite and mobile hearing testing to these strict standards.

Audiometric testing reports

Work Health Professionals use continuously updated audiological software to provide you with accurate and relevant audiometric testing reports.

The individual and employer copies of reports are available on the same day of testing. A range of other audiometric assessment reports, including reports that allow you to compare % hearing loss over time by department, role and/or worker can be provided after each round of testing, and as requested if we have your history of audiometric testing on file. We can add your previous data if required.
Here is an example of our electronic audiometric reports: