Hearing Protection Policy Development

What Makes a Great Hearing Protection Policy?

A hearing protection policy can also be known as a hearing conservation policy a PPE policy or a noise policy. Whichever name you choose it is important that your hearing protection policy is effective. Hearing loss accounts for as much as 30% of all Workers Compensation Claims so brushing off hazardous occupational noise can be a dire business oversight.

In the following we will blur the lines between policy and procedure. Dependant on your individual workplace you may wish to separate or combine the two.

It is important that any business with employee noise exposure has an effective hearing protection policy which is accepted by its workforce.

Hearing Protection Policy

The effectiveness of your hearing protection policy is directly related to several factors:

Hearing Protection Policy Development
As with any policy it is extremely important that your employees and key stakeholders are involved and consulted with in the development stage of your hearing protection policy. Introducing a completed document to the workforce is often met with the workforce rejecting it and this may even see you being non-compliant with the consultation requirements of the WHS/OHS Act.

Meet with your employees and advise them in advance of hearing protection policy change or development. Seek employee feedback and input in the early stages to ensure the policy in relevant, and use this time to overcome any resistance early on.

Hearing Protection Policy Education
There is little point in having an excellent hearing protection policy if none of your employees, contactors or visitors know about it. Consider how you will educate those whom the policy covers. Your policy should be displayed in prominent areas and be part of your induction. Also consider re-education; should you re-induct your workforce and regular contractors?

Hearing Protection Policy Enforcement
Policy like any rule is useless unless it is enforced. You must have your team leaders, supervisors and managers on side and leading by example. The policy is in place to minimise the risk to health and safety of everyone involved and non-compliance should be swiftly managed.

Hearing Protection Policy Content

The content of your hearing protection will vary from workplace to workplace, what may work perfectly in one may bet met with flat out rejection in another. Your policy should contain at a minimum the following elements;



The policy should be formatted correctly, with clear headers and footers containing business information, the location of the document within a management system, an introduction date and version control.



Who does the hearing protection policy apply to? Should it apply just to employees in a certain section? The entire workforce? Contractors? Visitors?



Within your policy you should define words, phrases, titles and anything which is not immediately recognised by anyone within your workforce.



Your hearing protection policy should clearly outline the goal of the policy is, whether it be compliance with Acts and Regulations or exposure to a specific noise level.



What must those whom your policy applies to actually do to comply with the policy? What signing should they follow? Where is hearing protection issued? When is it replaced?



State who is responsible for the enforcement of the hearing protection policy and who is responsible for the issue of hearing protection.


Non Compliance

State what happens to your employees, visitors, or contractors if they do not follow the policy.

There are other components which may form part of a hearing protection policy or procedure which may include; references, supporting documentation, records, etc. Each workplace is different and what is contained within each workplaces policy can vary.


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Have you had a noise assessment report completed recently and not happy with the results? Feel that you are being rail-roaded into unnecessary audiometric testing that the noise assessor provides?

If you have had a noise report completed in the last 3 months and are not confident in the results the other tester has provided; Anitech Noise Assessment can retest your workplace, and provide you with an independent noise survey report for a discounted price of our normal service charge.

Received a PIN from Worksafe
Employees have raised concerns about noise levels
Introduced new plant or equipment or process
Issue hearing protection (ear plugs or earmuffs) to protect hearing of your employees
Then you are required by law or advised by applicable Australian Standards to assess your noise levels by means of a noise report.

Hearing Protection Policy Development and Consultation

We can modify your existing Hearing Protection Policy/PPE Policy or develop an individual tailored policy from scratch.

We can ensure your policy:
  • Is relevant to your individual workplace.
  • Address’s key legislative requirements ensuring compliance.
  • Is correctly formatted and includes all necessary information.
In addition we can also provide advice and guidance on:
  • Workforce policy development and roll out.
  • Policy enforcement and employee non-compliance.
  • How to best setup your policy or procedure within an existing management system or framework.

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