Under Australian laws, employers are to arrange for baseline hearing tests for their employees when they’re working in certain ‘prescribed’ workplaces. These tests need to take place even if workers are provided with hearing protection.
Prescribed workplaces are those where workers are exposed to certain noise levels for particular lengths of time.
The baseline hearing test establishes a person’s Percentage Loss of Hearing (PLH). Later tests can be compared to this one to see if there have been any changes.
Employers can find useful information on managing noise and preventing hearing loss at work on the SafeWork SA.
Employers can also contact Smart Hearing Solutions to arrange testing for their employees.