Workplace Hearing Tests
Hearing tests are mandatory if your workplace has noise levels exceeding the equivalent of 85dB(A) for 8 hours.
Noise Induced Hearing loss (NIHL) and noisy workplaces have become a serious issue for New Zealand business. Did you know the average hearing aid costs in the region of $15k?
What noise is generated by the plant and equipment at your place?
Are your noise levels above the 85dB(A) 8 hour average?
Did you know this noise output should be monitored every 5 years or sooner if plant and equipment is purchased or modified? (contact us to ensure you comply with the legislation around this)
TriEx offers hearing tests to support you meeting your legal obligations. It is recommended that hearing tests be carried out annually to comply with the Approved Code of Practice for the Management of Noise in the Workplace.
But if your company has:
- Moved premises,
- Shifted significant machinery or plant on your current premises, or
- Changed from 8-hour to 12-hour shifts
This Approved Code of Practice requires you to have current noise levels reviewed to avoid employees being exposed to potentially damaging doses of noise and you being prosecuted for noise induced hearing loss.
Our hearing tests can help you:
- Comply with the Approved Code of Practice for the Management of Noise levels in the Workplace
- Identify employees at risk from hazardous noise in the workplace
- Take necessary action with regard to ear protection to avoid hearing problems
- Comply with the law
- Ensure your employees can still hear when they retire
Employees undergo a 15 minute hearing test usually at your premises (or TriEx premises by arrangement). TriEx will take care of all future test scheduling and ensure that consents are obtained for a full statistical and informative report on results is released to management.
Hearing tests include:
- Assessment of the employees past and present noise history (includes recreational)
- A physical assessment of the ear to look for medical cause
- Full audiometry over eight frequencies in both ears
- Explanation of the results to the employee
- Education on responsibility to protect
- Assessment of their hearing protection to comply with your annual audit of PPE