Are Your Workers Exposed To Noise?
Pre-Employment Audiometric Testing
Pre-employment audiometric testing is essential to limit liability for hearing loss which has been incurred during a worker’s previous employment. NSW Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 states that Audiometric testing must be provided prior to hazardous exposure or at least within three months of the worker commencing work. Starting the audiometric testing before people are exposed to hazardous noise (such as new starters or those changing jobs) provides a baseline as a reference for future audiometric test results.
NSW Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 requires that regular follow-up tests must be carried out at least every two years. Furthermore the National Code of Practice for Noise Management and Protection of Hearing at Work [NOHSC: 2009(2004)] recommends annual hearing checks for exposed workers. These checks should be undertaken well into the work shift so that any temporary hearing loss can be picked up.
More frequent audiometric testing (e.g. every six months) may be needed if exposures are at a high LAeq,8h, which is equal or greater than 100 dB(A). The aim of testing is to evaluate the effectiveness of control measures to protect workers’ hearing. Audiometric testing is carried out in accordance with the procedures in AS/NZS 1269.4:2005 – Occupational Noise Management – Auditory assessment.
Dr Daniel Mestric holds an Au.D. degree (Doctor of Audiology degree) and has been in private practice in Port Macquarie for more than 12 years. He is clinically certified by the Audiological Society of Australia (ASA) and is contracted by the Office of Hearing Services to provide hearing assessment and rehabilitation services to eligible Commonwealth clients.
Dr Mestric is highly qualified and will ensure your industrial hearing assessment program is implemented at a high professional level. If audiometric follow up services are necessary, your employees can be seen at our professional rooms on Gordon Street in Port Macquarie.
Reporting And Education
All testing is followed up with individual percentage hearing loss reports, which includes monaural and binaural calculations and identifies any significant change in a worker’s hearing relative to past test results. Employers are provided with a group summary report outlining overall findings and recommendations. In addition to reminding workers of the importance of wearing PHP at work, we educate workers about the dangers of recreational noise by asking them to complete a lifestyle survey. We can also recommend when a different style of hearing protection should be worn by an individual worker or group of workers.
Scheduling And Fees
We can come to you if you have more than 20 workers needing assessment. We are able to offer a discount to any employer with 20 or more workers in need of assessment.
Why choose Amplex to test your employees?
- Audiometric testing conducted by Audiologist Dr Daniel Mestric in accordance with the procedures in AS/NZS 1269.4:2005
- Interpretation of results in accordance with AS/NZs 1269.4:2005
- Calculation of Percentage Loss Hearing in accordance with NAL 1988
- Convenient earwax removal prior to assessment ensures accuracy of results.
- Education of workers about the dangers of recreational noise outside work.
- Group summary report outlining findings and recommendations for the employer.
What happens to the protection level when hearing protectors are removed for short peroids of time?
The effectiveness of hearing protection is substantially reduced by periods of non-use. As the table below indicates, compliance below 99 percent renders protective measures almost useless.
Maximum protection provided by
non-continuous use of Hearing Protection
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