Audiometric testing requirements

The exemption was granted under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017.

Exemption No. 017/18 commenced 1 January 2019 and has effect until 31 December 2020.

Nature of exemption

The exemption is made by SafeWork NSW on its own initiative and applies to persons conducting a business or undertaking who require a worker to frequently use personal protective equipment as a control measure to protect workers from the risk of hearing loss associated with noise that exceeds the ‘exposure standard for noise’.

Those persons are exempt from clause 58(2) of the Regulation, subject to the condition in the Schedule to the exemption.

Definitions

For the purposes of the exemption:

  • Regulation means the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017.
  • Exposure standard for noise means LAeq,8h of 85 dB(A) or Lc,peak of 140 dB(C) where LAeq,8h means the eight hour equivalent continuous A-weighted sound pressure level in decibels (dB(A)) referenced to 20 micropascals, determined in accordance with AS/NZS 1269.1:2005 and Lc,peak means the C-weighted peak sound pressure level in decibels (dB(C)) referenced to 20 micropascals, determined in accordance with AS/NZS 1269.1:2005.

Schedule

The exemption is subject to the following condition:

  • Nothing in the exemption affects any other applicable requirement imposed by law on a person conducting a business or undertaking in relation to matters relating to the exemption, including the monitoring of workers and conditions at the workplace under Section 19(3)(g) Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Gazettal

Published in Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales, number 144, Friday 21 December 2018.

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