The 2003 Australian Burden of Disease and Injury study estimated 11, 600 – 16,500 new cases of Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss in Australia in 2003 alone.
Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss is one of the most common occupational diseases in Australia and around the world.(Groothoff 2007; Nelson et al. 2005).
AUDiOHEALTH have formal training in Australia’s first Work Health & Safety Act-compliant Occupational Audiometry course. Allowing us to ensure that your business’s audiometric testing program fully complies with:
- The National Work Health & Safety Act
- State and Territory Occupational Health & Mining Regulations
- Australian Standard for Occupational Audiometry (AS/NZS1269 Part 4)
As of the 1st of January 2014 the new harmonised Work Place Health and Safety Act of 2011 is in full effect.
Under the Act a person conducting a business or undertaking must provide hearing assessments for any worker who is frequently required to use personal hearing protection to protect the worker from hearing loss associated with noise that exceeds the exposure standards.
A baseline hearing assessment must now be conducted within 3 months of an employee commencing work and monitoring tests are required every 2 years thereafter. High risk groups require more regular monitoring.
The maximum penalties set down in the act for failure to comply with the requirements for audiometric testing are $6,600 for individuals and $33,000 for corporations.
Safe Work Australia have developed a model Code of Practice on how noise affects hearing, how to identify and assess exposure to noise and how to control health and safety risks arising from hazardous noise.
The Corporate Hearing Program at AUDiOHEALTH is comprised of 2 types of assessments;
Baseline Assessment – This is the first assessment conducted within 3 months of a new employee commencing work. This assessment will be valid for 10 years and all subsequent monitoring assessments will be compared against it to allow us to check for shifts in each employees hearing levels. To allow a true baseline result this assessment is conducted after the employee has been in relative quiet for 16 hours prior to the assessment. After 10 years a new Baseline Assessment will be conducted and subsequent monitoring will be compared against the new baseline.
Monitoring Assessment – Monitoring assessments are conducted every 12 – 24 months and should be conducted during or shortly after a work shift with exposure to noise. The reason for this is that exposure to noise can cause temporary reduction in an employee’s hearing. These temporary reductions in hearing are a clear indicator that continued exposure to the same noise levels are likely to result in a permanent hearing loss. This type of monitoring gives the employee an opportunity to place greater importance on their use of hearing protection. It also gives businesses the opportunity to evaluate their noise management practices.
As part of AUDiOHEALTH’s Corporate Hearing Program we also provide training and guidance to each employee on their use of personal hearing protection. We ask that each employee brings their hearing protection to the assessment so that we can check that they are correctly using and positioning them to achieve optimal results.
AUDiOHEALTH’s Corporate Hearing Program is structured in a way that not only allows you to monitor your employees’ hearing but will also help you gauge the effectiveness of your business’s noise management plan. This gives you the opportunity to take appropriate action to minimise injury to your employee’s hearing.
Our Corporate Hearing Programs are tailored to each individual business and its needs. With a number of different options and packages, we have a Corporate Hearing Program to suite every business.
Call Anthony Ral on 1800 301 231 for advice or to discuss your organisations specific needs to allow us to tailor a Corporate Hearing Package to suit you.
Are you an employee?
Do you require a pre or post employment hearing assessment?
Are regular hearing assessments a condition of your employment?
AUDiOHEALTH can provide affordable employment related hearing assessments. During an employment assessment your hearing threshold levels and middle ear function will be assessed as well as your ability to understand speech. Employment assessments take around 45 minutes and include a detailed assessment report and test results.
If you are exposed to noise at work we also have a range of custom hearing protection plugs. At AUDiOHEALTH we believe that the best approach to Noise Induced Hearing Loss is prevention.
With Noise Induced Hearing Loss being one of the most common workplace related complaints it goes without saying that hearing protection is as important as a hard hat, steel capped boots or a high-vis vest.
Impressions of the ears are taken in a 15 minute appointment and plugs take around a week to be made. They provide the wearer with a custom fit seal providing a high level of consistent protection.