& PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING
Exposure to loud noise within the workplace is a significant cause of hearing loss in NSW. Noise which exceeds 85 decibels averaged over an 8-hour shift can lead to permanent hearing loss.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Damage to hearing from noise exposure often occurs over several years and is known as noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). It is a permanent condition that can have an adverse impact on your life.
Exceptionally loud noises, as may be caused by explosives or heavy machinery, can damage your hearing instantly. This is known as acoustic trauma.
Employers responsibilities & obligations
Employers are required to:
- Assess noise levels in the workplace.
- Monitor the hearing health of exposed workers through analysis of audiometric testing.
- Provide personal protective equipment and ensure it is operational.
- Provide information, training, and instruction to their staff.
- Download the Code of Practice or visit the WorkCover website for more detailed information.
How Shout can help
We can provide full assessments and pre-employment screenings.
We are a fully accredited by WorkCover to provide hearing health services, reports, and recommendations in accordance with all statutory obligations under the NSW Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.
Our services include:
- Pre-employment hearing screenings.
- Education about safe levels of noise exposure and hearing conservation for workers.
- Advice, recommendations and supply of hearing protection and communication devices.
Working in partnership with Shout Hearing Healthcare, employers will have peace of mind knowing they are equipped to manage risk effectively, and protect their staff. Contact us on (02) 9484 2246 for all your workplace assessments, hearing screenings, and general hearing needs for your employees.
What you can do
- Be informed
Understand decibel exposure guidelines. How loud is too loud and how long can I be exposed to noise before it becomes damaging? An increase of 3dBA over 85dBA, halves the permissible exposure time before possible damage can occur.
- Use earplugs
The louder the noise and the longer you’re exposed to it, the greater the chance of damaging your hearing. Protect your ears with earplugs or earmuffs.
- Wear ear protection
Wear ear protectors (earplugs or earmuffs) if you are using noisy equipment such as power drills, saws, sanders or lawn mowers.
- Have a hearing detox
Give your ears time to recover after they’ve been exposed to loud noise.
Give your ears a break.
- Don’t put up with work noise
If you’re experiencing noise at work, talk to your human resources (HR) department or your manager and ask for advice on reducing the noise and getting hearing protection.
Contact us on (02) 9484 2246 for advice and recommendations plus options available for hearing protection and communication devices.
CASA/ POLICE / WORKCOVER
SHOUT Hearing can assist with applications for a medical certificate for pilots and air traffic controllers.
We also perform assessments for NSW Police pre-employment checks.
Our audiologists are approved by State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) as a Hearing Service Provider for WorkCover assessments.