Work Health Professionals are in the planning stage for our first regional WA road trip for 2019.
Our WorkCover audiometric testing truck is heading to the following regions over the next 2 months:
- South West
- Great Southern
If you need to meet your WorkCover audiometric testing requirements, then this is your ideal opportunity. Our mobile audiometric testing facility will come to your workplace and conduct onsite WorkCover hearing tests.
Regulations for hearing tests in WA
It is compulsory for employers to arrange baseline hearing tests in prescribed workplaces in WA, even if they 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.
Only testers approved by WorkCover WA can conduct the tests as the testing environment and equipment must also meet stringent standards.
Our audiometric officers, who are also qualified Noise Officers, are approved to conduct onsite WorkCover hearing tests. Their further qualification as Noise Officers means they can also conduct WorkSafe Noise Surveys and DMIRS Noise Reports.
What is a prescribed workplace?
In 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).
If a subsequent audiometric test shows an increase in overall hearing loss of at least ten per cent from the baseline PLH, WorkCover WA will advise you and your employer of the requirement for further testing to determine if there is a compensable loss.