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Audiometric Testing Programme

Under Part VI of Factories and Machinery (Noise Exposure) Regulations 1989, Regulation 20 states that an occupier shall establish and maintain an audiometric testing programme for all employees exposed to noise level at or above the action level. Subsequently for every employee within six months from the day the employee commences work shall undergo a validbaseline audiogram (Reg. 21). An occupier, after obtaining the baseline audiogram of an employee, shall repeat the audiometric test on the employee (Reg 22):

 a)     Every year for an employee exposed to noise level at or above the limits prescribed in regulation 5; i.e exceeding equivalent continuous surrounding of 90 dB(A) or exceeding maximum sound level of 115 dB(A) at any time.

 b)    Every year for an employee whose baseline audiogram shows a hearing impairment, or where his annual audiogram shows a standard threshold shift;and

 c)     Once in every two years for an employee exposed to noise level at or above the action level of 85 dB(A) but less than the limits prescribed in regulation 5 which is exceeding equivalent continuous sound level of 90 dB(A) or exceeding maximum sound level of 115 dB(A) at any time.

  

Audiometric Test Records and Availability of Records

Regulation 30 (1) states that the occupier shall keep an accurate record and up to date of all employee audiograms conducted on-site. Additionally, Regulation 31 states that the occupier shall make the records available upon request. All audiometric test records are to be maintained under these Regulations to the Director of DOSH.

 


Advantages of Engaging Our Mobile Audiometric Testing Unit

  • Our Mobile Audiometric Test Unit is approved and registered with DOSH (Registration Number: JKKP PUA 26/11). This approval is in accordance with Regulation 26 of Part VI of Factories and Machinery (Noise Exposure) Regulations 1989;
  • Our mobile unit is exclusively designed and tailored to meet the needs of all industries throughout Sarawak in particular those from rural areas where access roads are in poor condition and to ensure continuous legislative compliance;
  • In addition to two sets of audiometric booth mounted inside our mobile unit, our trained technician under supervision of our OHD is able to conduct the test for all the employees at one time (ranging from one day to two weeks depending on number of workers involved);
  • Avoid unnecessary interruption to operation due to the fast and efficient way of conducting audiometric test on site;
  • Allow employers to test employee efficiently, whilst reducing the operational & administrative cost associated to transportation & time  arrangement;
  • Our Mobile Audiometric Testing Unit is able to provide hearing test directly at sites throughout Sarawak;
  • Customized reporting package of summary audiometric results presented in different ways with user friendly protocol;
  • To avoid long queue in clinics which usually receive minimal testing personnel for workers at a time;
  • To provide consistent monitor, technical & operational consultancy and constant monitoring of audiometric testing programme in accordance to frequency recommended by competent noise assessor or registered medical practitioner.

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