Any business that requires hearing protection (noise levels above 85dB) has a legal obligation to administer audiometric testing of any new employee within three months of starting work. This should form a part of a Pre-employment screen or induction program.
This exam details the acuity to which a person can hear intensity, pitch, and tonal purity, and a baseline screen will be conducted to identify any abnormalities. A referral may be supplied should there be any need for further investigation by a hearing specialist.
Baseline hearing assessments should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete. For the best results, anyone preparing for a hearing test should limit their exposure to loud noises at least 16 hours before testing. Any testing should be conducted in a quiet environment where possible.
Employers are obligated to conduct follow up tests at least every two years to monitor any changes to hearing. More frequent testing may be required for different industries.
For more information please refer to Safe Work Australia: Managing Noise & Preventing Hearing Loss at Work
How does it benefit your business?
Any business that requires hearing protection (this is usually any site with noise levels above 90dB) has a legal obligation to administer a baseline hearing test of any new employee within three months of starting work.
Follow up tests must be performed every two years to monitor any decline. If two subsequent tests show a decrease of greater than 15dB at 3000, 4000 and 6000 Hz then an audiological examination needs to be performed as soon as possible.
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– A competitive salary
– Laptop, Phone & Work Vehicle
– A generous training allowance
– Access to a full time training manager to coach you in your professional development
We welcome applications from Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths, unless otherwise specified in the job description.