On busy worksites there can be lots of noise, and while certain noises, such as music on the radio or employees sharing a laugh, can actually contribute to a positive work environment, others, such as loud mechanical noises, can distract or even harm, employees that are simply trying to go about their work day. It is the responsibility of employers to ensure that onsite noise levels remain at a safe, non-disruptive level, and do not affect the ability of employees to carry out their duties. Staff working at an organisation may be subjected to all kinds of noise risks throughout their workday, as part of their duties. Potential noise risks vary greatly depending on what industry they work in, what role they have in the organisation, whether they primarily work on or offsite, and so on. However, regardless of their role or duties within an organisation, their employer will nevertheless have the same responsibilities to employees to ensure their safety; that they are not subjected to noise risks or potential threats, and that any unexpected noise risks or threats are quickly mitigated to ensure that the wellbeing of staff remains a top priority for the organisation.
To ensure that their employees are continuing to operate at the best of their ability, and not being subjected to potentially harmful noise risks, it is advisable for an organisation to conduct some kind of routine hearing testing at regular intervals on their employees, to ascertain not only the current auditory limits of their hearing, but also to develop a chart of their aural abilities which can be used for cross-comparison at a later date, to ascertain whether any hearing loss has subsequently occurred.
Regular staff Audiometric Testing for hearing loss is a gain for your business
While business’ working within high noise-risk areas have long conducted audiometric testing on their staff, since 2005 these tests have become more prevalent across workplaces in a whole range of industries. This is due to new inclusions and regulations in the Occupational Health Services Australia (OHSA) act from 2005, in which occupational noise guidelines were implemented regarding worksite noise safety, in which anyone at a worksite who is subjected to noise levels of 85 decibels or more are required to be provided with audiometric testing, in order to safeguard both employees and business’ from staff incurring hearing loss incurred due to prolonged periods of time in high noise environments.
Further, conducting regular audiometric testing across worksites brings several advantages to business’, including the quick mitigation of potential noise threats, ensuring that worksites meet state laws and regulations, and increased employee morale, through demonstrating to staff that you care and their health and safety.
It is safe, swift, and simple
Another advantage for business’ in getting their employees to undergo regular audiometric testing is that the process itself produces a clear, well-detailed report of a staff members current hearing capabilities in a short period of time, with minimal disruption to business operations. The whole test only takes about fifteen minutes, and is a simple, accessible process, in which the person being tested wears a set of headphones and a series of sounds, of varying pitches and volume, are transmitted through them, and they are required to acknowledge when they have heard a sound. Their results are noted down, such as the pitch of what sounds they were able to identify, and the volume of those which they could not hear.
This allows the people conducting the test to write up a report on the person’s level of hearing and what pitch of sounds they can and cannot identify. The test results will then be given to the organisation, along with suggestions and guidelines about some necessary precautions and measures they should be implementing to ensure that they are complying with existing noise regulations, and to also ensure the health and safety of their employees.
To ensure that these tests are conducted in accordance with state and federal regulations, and are done in compliance with the highest quality standards, Anitech Group conducts these audiometric tests in accordance with Standards Australia’s nationally certified AS/NZS 1269.4:2014 Occupational noise management auditory assessment standards, which provide demonstrably successful frameworks for business’ to conduct auditory assessments upon staff in a safe environment.
There are many benefits to conducting regular audiometric testing of employees at your worksites: It allows business’ to gauge for potential noise risks and work at mitigating them before they have a significant effect on operations, they work at improving employee morale by demonstrating that you care about their health and wellbeing, they can improve client and stakeholder confidence by demonstrating your commitment to mitigating noise threats and developing a safe work environment, and it can work at upholding your business’ reputation as an industry leader dedicated to safe, productive work practices.
If you would like to discuss the specific requirements of your business, and the ways in which it stands to benefit from regular audiometric testing, then please get in touch with Anitech Group’s consultants today on 1300 889 289. They will be able to discuss with you the ways in which your business stands to benefit from its implementation, how the tests can be conducted in a simple, COVIDSafe manner in accordance with government legislation regarding COVIDSafe practices, and how regular audiometric testing can help get your business an edge in a competitive market by ensuring that all your employees are safe, and feel valued by their employer. Isn’t this pro-active approach to mitigating noise threats the kind of message you want people to hear about your business?