Code of practice - Managing noise and preventing hearing loss at work
This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks associated with workplace noise.
The WHS Regulations impose a duty on 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. 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. Audiometry will be mandatory for workers requiring hearing protection when Regulation 58 is enforced in April 2024. Please refer to ASNZS1269.4 for acceptable methods and note that adoption of the WorkCover WA hearing tests are considered acceptable for compliance with this regulation.
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