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Assist Group Helps Organisations Meet New Hearing Test Requirements for NSW Workers

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SYDNEY - eTradeWire -- It is now compulsory for a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to provide hearing tests for their workers who are exposed to noise that exceeds the exposure standard.

This took effect on 1 January 2024, as outlined in Clause 58 – Audiometric Testing, under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulation 2017.

What this means for businesses
If a business requires workers to frequently use hearing protection as a control measure for noise that exceeds the exposure standard, the business must provide and pay for hearing tests for workers.

The exposure standard refers to eight (8) hours continuous equivalent noise exposure of 85 dB(A) or a peak sound pressure level of 140 dB(C).

For new workers, a baseline hearing test must be completed within three months of commencing their employment. Subsequently, the worker must undergo a follow-up monitoring hearing test at least once every two years throughout their employment.

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For existing workers employed before 1 January 2024, the PCBU must ensure that hearing tests are conducted before 1 January 2026.

More frequent hearing tests may be required for workers exposed to high average noise levels.

Assist Group offers audiometric testing and assessment services across Australia to help businesses meet their new legal requirements.

Audiometric testing with Assist Group

Assist Group Audiogram Assessments are conducted in accordance with AS/NZS1269.4:2014 Occupational Noise Management: Part 4 (Auditory Assessment) and include:

- A review of previous noise exposure (both work and non-work related)
- Identification of known, pre-existing ear and hearing issues
- Standard air conduction audiogram

Employee PPE (ear plugs/ear muffs) inspection is available on request, including demonstration and instruction on correct PPE use.

If you're unsure whether your workplace is at or above the standard exposure, consider organising a workplace noise assessment.

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For more information, please visit the SafeWork NSW website or here http://www.assist-group.com.au/whs/audiometric-assessments.


About Assist Group
Assist Group was founded in 1986 and in that time has saved approximately 20,000 people from serious injury or ill health due to their health testing and screening services.

Assist Group's vision is to become the outsourced total health management and wellness solution for your company's Human Resources. Assist Group provides both 'on demand' and 'solution focused' health and wellness strategies, including a range of medical and health testing services.

James Aldridge (CEO)

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