Code of Practice for Managing Noise and preventing hearing loss at work

This important Code of Practice applies to all types of work and all workplaces covered by the WHS Act where there is the potential for exposure to noise that can contribute to hearing loss.

It provides practical guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) on a number of issues including; how noise affects hearing, how to identify and assess exposure to noise and how to control health and safety risks arising from hazardous noise.


images Under the WHS Act 2011 the PCBU have a specific obligation to manage the risks of hearing loss associated with noise at the workplace, this includes:

•       Ensuring the noise a worker is exposed to at the workplace does not exceed the exposure standard for noise;

•       Providing audiometric testing to a worker who is frequently required to use personal hearing protection to protect the worker from hearing loss associated with noise that exceeds the exposure standard.


This testing must be provided:

  1. By the 1st January 2014, and /or
  2. Within 3 months of the worker commencing the work, and
  3. In any event, at least every 2 years

If your workplace is found to have noise levels above the above standard, it is recommended that audiometric testing be carried out on individual employees.

It should be noted that the testing for individuals may in fact lead to potential hearing loss claims which will need to be assessed by your agent.  These claims may affect your insurance premiums.

For further information on your claims and assistance to reduce their cost please refer to WRI Insurance Brokers: phone: +61 2 8831 3800

For assistance with managing noise in the workplace please contact Safety Services Australia on +61 2 9634 5912 or info@

Refer to Code of Practice: Managing Noise and preventing hearing loss at work