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Everyone wishing to conduct tests must take the course at BCIT. There is no transferability/equivalency of credentials or accreditation from other jurisdictions or bodies, for example: BCMA, CCOHN, BCASLPA, CASLPA, AIHA, CAOHC, ASHA, NIOSH, NHCA, OSHA, HISS, or another province, state, or country.
Once you have become, or have hired, a certified Industrial Audiometric Technician and have an approved facility, you may have your business posted on the WorkSafeBC website on a providers' list. You may test workers in any region of British Columbia.
The WorkSafeBC occupational audiologist authorizes both the personnel and physical plant required to become an audiometric contractor. For more information contact (604) 276-3090.Source: WorkSafeBC
All Industrial Audiometric hearing tests results are now entered into a software program, the Electronic Audiogram Program (EAP), and submitted through the employers/small business internet portal.
The Electronic Audiogram Program:
You can obtain the Electronic Audiogram Program in one of two ways:
In order to learn more about the Electronic Audiogram Program, please review the training manuals designed to assist with its use.
Industrial Audiometric System
WorkSafeBC now has an online system, the Industrial Audiometric System, through which Industrial Audiometric tests can be submitted. Effective August 01, 2012, this will be the only way to submit Industrial Audiometric tests to WorkSafeBC.
To learn more about this system, please review the Industrial Audiometric System User Manual (PDF 2 MB).
In order to log onto this system the first time as an administrator for an Industrial Audiometric Business, please also see the Industrial Audiometric System Administrator Manual (PDF 1 MB).
Employers can set up their own in-house testing facility, send workers to a neighboring firm's testing facility, or hire an approved, private hearing test provider or "contractor". Often contractors have a mobile unit to bring to the employer's worksite and they are prepared to travel around the province. Or workers may go to the contractor's office facility.Industrial Audiometric Testing Businesses Authorized by WorkSafeBC (PDF 81 KB)
There is no single hearing protector that is appropriate for everyone. The CSA Standard on Hearing Protectors provides the following criteria to consider when selecting hearing protection:
For more information:
Safety supply companies are a good source, as they typically carry complete product lines, and will have different models and types of earplugs and earmuffs. Check the Yellow Pages under "Safety Equipment and Clothing" for safety supply companies.
Workers who are exposed to noise greater than 85 dBA Lex (a full shift averaged exposure) must have an annual hearing test. If you have to shout to be heard at arm's length from a speaker, the noise level may exceed 85 dBA, and noise exposure measurements should be done to determine worker exposures.
For information on measuring noise exposures see:
*Occupational Noise Surveys (PDF 678 KB)
Employers who submit hearing tests to WorkSafeBC receive an annual report which includes a list of tests processed, workers overdue for their annual test, and a statistical breakdown of hearing tests into different test categories (PDF 40 KB). (This report is not routinely sent to construction industry employers because of the transient nature of their workforce. However, construction companies can request a report for their firm by contacting the WorkSafeBC Hearing Loss Prevention Section.
Custom molded earplugs are fabricated from an impression which is taken of the ear. Contact the WorkSafeBC Hearing Loss Prevention Section for information about suppliers of custom earplugs.
The booklet Sound Advice PDF (746 KB) will assist in establishing all elements of a Hearing Conservation Program. The first step is to determine whether a program is required, by establishing workers' noise exposures.
For more information, contact the Hearing Loss Prevention Section at WorkSafeBC, Phone: 604 276-2090, toll free 1-888-621 7233 ext: 3090
If you've had hearing tests taken, since 1978, while working in British Columbia, then these tests may be in WorkSafeBC's centralized computer data base. To obtain copies of your tests in the database, please complete and submit this letter of authorization (PDF 87 KB).