To manage the risk of hearing loss from exposure to noise at work you must protect workers from noise in excess of the noise exposure standard and provide audiometric testing for certain workers.
Designers, manufacturers, importers and suppliers of noise emitting plant also have responsibilities.
Noise at the workplace that exceeds the exposure standard and is not controlled is a major cause of hearing loss to workers. A significant loss of hearing contributes to social isolation and reduced quality of life, career prospects, increased absenteeism, worker turnover and lowered work performance. It can also be a contributing factor to workplace injuries and accidents.
A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must ensure that workers are not exposed to noise that exceeds the exposure standard for noise. The exposure standard for noise is defined in the WHS Regulation as LAeq,8h of 85 dB(A) or an LC,peak of 140 dB(C).
There are requirements for designers, manufacturers, importers, and suppliers of plant to develop, provide and supply information about the noise emissions produced by a piece of plant.
- Audiometric testing
Testing alone is not a preventive mechanism but it is an important part of managing risks from noise exposure in a workplace.
- Effects of excessive noise
Health risks of noise exposure and how is hearing damaged.
- Managing risks
Assessing noise levels, noise control policy, hearing conservation program and worker awareness.
- Noise control measures
Noise is an unavoidable issue in many working industries, such as music entertainment, cabinet making, metal fabrication, road freight transport and shooting ranges.