8 August 2016 posted by Recovery Partners

The Work Health and Safety Act (the WHS Act) introduces increased responsibilities on PCBU’s (person conducting a business or undertaking) regarding noise. We will endeavour to explain the obligations in the simplest terms.

Your safety system needs to be applied equally to contractors as your employees. 

1. Noise can either:
  • Cause gradual hearing loss over a period of time due to exposure
  • So loud that it causes immediate hearing loss

For each of these levels, there are limits of what is acceptable.

Noise above 140dB²{C} or above 85dB (A) for 8 hour continuous period requires specific controls.

2. PCBU’s must conduct Audiometric Testing:
  • If noise levels are above the limits noted in part 1
  • Within three months of the worker commencing work
3. PCBU’s must provide:
  • Regular follow-up tests must be carried out at least every two years
  • Consultation to workers and their health and safety representatives 
  • Provide the results of audiometric testing accompanied by a written explanation of the meaning and implications

Further information is available from the Managing Noise And Preventing Hearing Loss At Work Code of Practice 2011.



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² we use this term to include PCBU’s
² Noise is measured in DECIBELS (dB)

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Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/