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Safe Environments have recently acquired a specialist audiometric testing booth to undertake workplace hearing checks on noise exposed employees. The specialist audiometric test booth allows hearing tests to be conducted at the workplace with the proper background noise limits to ensure accuracy in the employee hearing test results.

Audiometric testing is conducted to the Australian Standards AS/NZS 1269.4 Occupational Noise Management, Audiometry Assessment. Trained audiometric technicians from Safe Environments can provide the information needed to ensure that risks to hearing loss are managed effectively.

More about the Mobile Test Booth

The audiometric test booth has been specially constructed to ensure that that background noise levels are within the required range. If the background noise levels are high and an audiometric test booth is not used then this may compromise the audiometric test results by masking the tones that the test person might otherwise hear.

The mobile audiometric test booth can be set up onsite at the workplace by one person, providing a quiet environments for the test person and the audiometric test operator. The mobile audiometric test booth only requires access to a General Power Outlet (GPO) for lighting, air conditioning and well as powering the audiometer.

About Audiometric Testing

Audiometric testing is an essential part of an overall noise management strategy to ensure that employees hearing is not adversely effected. It also ensures that the noise prevention strategies and controls in place are working as they are intended, through detecting any threshold shifts or permanent changes in employees hearing.

More than Just Audiometric Testing

During the testing, it is recommended that information including reasons as to why the audiometric testing is taking place, instruction and training on the use of personal hearing protection such as ear plugs and ear muffs. Safe Environments also provide noise awareness training and auditing of noise management plans to control the risk of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) from occurring.

Other factors also impact on the potential for the risk of industrial deafness which include ototoxic agents, being chemicals that affect hearing as well and hand arm vibration.  Safe Environments have occupational and industrial hygienists to measure ototoxic agents and hand arm vibration to the national exposure standards and Australian standards as required by the workplace health and safety regulations.

This new edition to the Sydney Safe Environments office allows audiometric testing to be conducted 24 hours a day at your workplace. This means that there is no significant disruption to the workplace to allow audiometric testing of both day and night shifts.

Please contact our Sydney office for more information on audiometric testing at your workplace within Sydney, Canberra and throughout regional NSW and ACT.

Author: Carl Strautins

Carl Strautins


Carl Strautins is a managing director of Safe Environments Pty Ltd a multi-specialist consultancy operating in the building, construction and property management industries. He provides the necessary guidance and risk minimisation strategies required by architects, construction companies and facility managers to ensure they mitigated their risk to property risk. He is engaged on a regular basis to provide expert opinion for disputes and legal proceedings. Click here to know more about him.