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17 January 2019

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Exemption for audiometric testing

This month, SafeWork NSW has issued a further two-year exemption for the audiometric testing requirements of clause 58(2) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. This exemption is granted until 31 December 2020.

This exemption is to ensure persons conducting a business or undertaking in NSW are provided with an appropriate time frame to prepare for the implementation of audiometric testing of workers who are frequently required to use personal protective equipment (PPE) in workplaces with noise levels that exceed the 'exposure standard for noise'.
The exemption was first published in December 2016 and applies to all mine and petroleum site operators.

Safework NSW - audiometric testing exemption
Safety Alert
View of loader and workbox on the ground
A workbox detached and fell two metres from a loader. A mine worker who was in the workbox suffered a fractured lower leg and back injuries as a consequence of the falling workbox.

The incident occurred on 2 December 2018.
SA19-01 - Elevated workbox falls from loader
Beat the heat and stay hydrated

Much of the state remains in the midst of a severe to extreme heatwave.  The Bureau of Meterology indicates that temperatures are expected to peak this week.

Take extra care in hot weather. You may feel uncomfortable when air temperature is higher than 27°C or humidity is higher than 60 percent. However, such situations do not cause harm if the body can adjust and cope with the additional heat. Remember to stay well-hydrated, avoid alcohol and hot or sugary drinks and try to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, whenever possible.
We encourage you to refer to NSW Health’s urine colour chart to determine if you and your workers are drinking enough water to stay hydrated. 

*This urine chart is intended as a guide only. The advice is general  and doesn't apply to people who have a fluid restriction from their doctor or other medical advice on fluid consumption. Colour differences because of printing or computer screen variations can alter the interpretation.

For more information visit our website and the NSW Health's Beat the Heat website on the link below.
Beat the Heat
Further contact info:
Resources Regulator | Phone: 1300 814 609

Regional NSW, Resources Regulator
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Maitland, New South Wales 2320

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