Welcome to WorkCover Western Australia. This video outlines key information workers need to know if they believe their hearing has been affected due to a noisy workplace. It also explains the testing requirements of employers and processes for claiming compensation. A workplace, or part of a workplace, is considered noisy if a worker receives a daily noise dose of 90 DBA or above in an eight-hour day. 90 DBA is about the level of noise created by an idling heavy truck one metre away. A workplace is also considered noisy if noise peaks at 140 DBA at any time. This is equivalent to a blast or siren being sounded close to the worker. Noisy workplaces are known as ‘prescribed workplaces’. An employer in a prescribed workplace has a responsibility to arrange and pay for hearing tests. The first test is referred to as a baseline hearing test and must occur as soon as possible when a worker is employed. This test identifies a worker’s hearing levels which future tests are compared with to determine hearing loss. Workers may request annual hearing tests from their employer. Such requests must be made in writing. Employers bear the costs for these tests and are encouraged to ensure workers at risk of hearing loss are regularly tested. Only hearing testers approved by WorkCover WA can be used. Hearing testers are known as audiometrists and audiologists. A list of audiometrists and audiologists is available on the WorkCover WA website. Once a baseline hearing test is arranged, employers must ensure the worker is given written notification of the date and time of the test. It is important the worker is not exposed to more than 80 DBA at any time for 16 hours prior to a baseline or any subsequent hearing test. 80 DBA is approximately equal to the noise of a household vacuum cleaner one metre away. If a worker in a prescribed workplace has not had a baseline hearing test arranged within12 months of starting the job, they can raise the issue with their employer. If there is a problem, call WorkCover WA’s Advice and Assistance line on 1300 794 744. Test results are maintained and monitored by WorkCover WA. The audiometric officer conducting the test will submit results to WorkCover WA and provide the worker with a copy within one month. Results are confidential and only released on written consent of the worker. After the baseline hearing test, if a subsequent test indicates a loss of 10% or more in a worker’s hearing, WorkCover WA will advise the worker and send them two forms. Form 404 (Further Testing Nomination) and Form 18 (Notice of Arrangement of Audiometric Test). If the worker would like to undergo further hearing tests, they can submit these forms to their employer. WorkCover WA will notify the worker of their hearing test results and whether they are required to see an ear, nose and throat specialist, commonly referred to as an ENT specialist. It is the worker’s responsibility to arrange the ENT appointment, and the employer is required to pay for it. If the ENT report confirms a hearing loss of 10% or more, WorkCover WA will send a Form 2CA to the worker to complete and send back. The 2CA form is needed to lodge a workers’ compensation claim for the hearing loss. Once the Form 2CA is received, WorkCover WA will send it to the employer who must lodge the claim with their insurer within 5 working days. Once the insurer receives the form, they will either accept or decline the claim, or seek further information. Further help is available. Refer to the publication “A Guide to Noise Induced Hearing Loss” on the WorkCover WA website or you can speak with one of our Advisory Officers by calling either 1300 794 744 or (for the hearing impaired): (08) 9388 5537. We also have a range of other publications and a series of online videos on our website.