Clause 58 will only affect those PCBUs whose employees are frequently working in environments where other control measures outlined in the Code of Practice have failed to reduce noise to below the exposure standard. Workers who wear PPE as a personal choice or as an incidental part of their work are not affected by the commencement of the clause.
SafeWork NSW will work with stakeholders to develop and implement guidance material to help PCBUs comply with clause 58. SafeWork NSW will aim to help PCBUs understand their obligations and provide further information on how to comply. SafeWork NSW will seek to help PCBUs to minimise costs associated with audiometric testing through adopting a systematic approach to the use of control measures that would minimise the need for workers to use PPE.
SafeWork NSW will be hosting a briefing at 3:30pm on Wednesday 1 March 2023, to inform the NSW Community of the implementation of Clause 58 from the 1st January 2024. This briefing will be recorded and available on our website for those unable to attend the live event. To attend the live event please register via Eventbrite.
For more information about controlling hazardous noise in the construction industry, please visit the SafeWork NSW website.
If you have any further questions regarding clause 58 please do not hesitate to contact SafeWork NSW at firstname.lastname@example.org.