It is compulsory to arrange baseline hearing tests in prescribed workplaces, even if your workers 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.
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Who is responsible?
As the employer, it is your responsibility to arrange and pay for all WorkCover WA audiometric tests.Prescribed workplaces
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).
A Form 18: Notice of Arrangement of Audiometric Test is used to notify a worker that an audiometric test has been arranged including the appointment details and pre-appointment requirements of the worker.
Note: A worker only requires a baseline hearing test once in his or her lifetime. Workers may request in writing a subsequent test annually from their employer.
A worker may be required to undergo a baseline full audiological assessment as part of the baseline hearing test, however this is only required by a relatively small percentage of the population.Organising a baseline hearing test
It is the joint responsibility of you and the worker to ensure that they are not exposed to more than 80dB(A) for 16 hours immediately preceding the test (approximately equal to the noise of a vacuum cleaner at a distance of one metre).
Approved Audiometric Officers
Only testers approved by WorkCover WA can conduct the tests as the testing environment and equipment must also meet stringent standards.
For a directory of service providers, see the Audiometric officers page.
Note: Workers cannot claim compensation for noise induced hearing loss which occurred before March 1991.