Audiometry Screening

Occupational Health and Safety regulations requires that appropriate control measures are in place if employees are exposed to:

· 85 dB (A) average equivalent for 8 hours

· 140 dB (C) peak

Based on the National Standard for Occupational Noise – the hearing of employees exposed to noise can be monitored through regular audiometric examinations (Hearing Screening).

Any changes in hearing levels over time revealed by audiometry should be thoroughly investigated as to their cause(s) and the need for prevention.

An audiometric testing program should be available to any employee likely to be exposed to excessive noise even if they regularly use personal hearing protectors. All testing is conducted by appropriately trained and experienced nurses, ensuring that procedures and equipment used are in accordance with specifications of the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1269.