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Unit of competency details

HLTAUD003 - Assess and respond to occupational noise risk (Release 1)

Summary

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Supersedes HLTAU402D - Conduct screening hearing tests for industrial hearing lossThis version was released in HLT Health Training Package release 2.0 and meets the requirements of the 2012 Standards for Training Packages. Significant changes to the elements and performance criteria. New evidence requirements for assessment, including volume and frequency requirements. Significant change to knowledge evidence. 05/Aug/2015

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
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1 1 (this release) 06/Aug/2015


Training packages that include this unit

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
HLT57415 - Diploma of AudiometryDiploma of Audiometry 
HLT50213 - Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care PracticeDiploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice 4-5 
HLT50113 - Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health CareDiploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care 4-5 
HLT47415 - Certificate IV in AudiometryCertificate IV in Audiometry 
HLT43015 - Certificate IV in Allied Health AssistanceCertificate IV in Allied Health Assistance 1-2 
HLT40213 - Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care PracticeCertificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice 4-5 
HLT40113 - Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health CareCertificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care 4-5 
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061709 Audiology  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061709 Audiology  02/Nov/2015 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version was released in HLT Health Training Package release 2.0 and meets the requirements of the 2012 Standards for Training Packages.

Significant changes to the elements and performance criteria. New evidence requirements for assessment, including volume and frequency requirements. Significant change to knowledge evidence.

Application

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine and respond to occupational noise risk, including the testing of individuals at risk and developing strategies for employers.

This unit applies to audiometrists working in an industrial context, who have a responsibility for promoting and managing good hearing health in the workplace.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

Elements define the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Assess noise hazard risks

1.1 Review features of the workplace that may impact on hearing loss

1.2 Assess the level of hearing conservation risk based on established indicators and parameters

1.3 Identify and access sources of specialist expertise required to measure for risk in the workplace as required

2. Develop strategies for noise injury management

2.1 Identify strategies to mitigate hearing conservation risks

2.2 Document strategies with clear recommendations

2.3 Communicate identified strategies to employers

2.4 Provide accurate and current information and resources about noise hazard management to organisations

3. Conduct testing

3.1 Prepare for and conduct hearing tests in accordance with the requirements of AS/NZ 1269

3.2 Take steps to maximise test accuracy, validity and reliability

3.3 Determine that test results are reliable

3.4 Conduct re-test, conduct further tests and/or refer client if test results are unreliable

3.5 Record results in accordance with requirements of AS/NZ 1269

3.6 Review and interpret results in accordance with the requirements of AS/NZ 1269

3.7 Communicate outcome of tests clearly and simply to the client

3.8 Clean and store equipment in accordance with manufacturers’ requirements and infection control procedures

4. Identify those at risk of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL)

4.1 Conduct monitoring audiometry in accordance with AS/NZ 1269

4.2 Assess results against previous reference audiometry

4.3 Advise client of any risk identified using language the client understands

4.4 Advise employer of risks identified for the client

4.5 Provide information on strategies that assist in mitigating risk for NIHL

4.6 Make referral to appropriate agency

5. Monitor and review strategies

5.1 Evaluate success of workplace strategies based on results of testing

5.2 Adjust strategies and recommendations based on evaluation

5.3 Provide updated information to employers

  • Foundation Skills

    The Foundation Skills describe those required skills (language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills) that are essential to performance.

    Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

    Unit Mapping Information

    No equivalent unit.

    Links

    Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=ced1390f-48d9-4ab0-bd50-b015e5485705

     

    Assessment requirements

    Modification History

    Release 

    Comments 

    Release 1

    This version was released in HLT Health Training Package release 2.0 and meets the requirements of the 2012 Standards for Training Packages.

    Significant changes to the elements and performance criteria. New evidence requirements for assessment, including volume and frequency requirements. Significant change to knowledge evidence.

    Performance Evidence

    The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be evidence that the candidate has:

    • assessed the occupational noise risk in at least 1 workplace and developed and communicated strategies to mitigate those risks
    • followed the requirements of AS/NZ 1269 to conduct testing on at least 10 different clients in an industrial context

    Knowledge Evidence

    The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

    • contexts for testing for industrial hearing loss
    • types of client
    • work situations that lead to the need for industrial hearing tests
    • legal and ethical considerations (national and state/territory) for conduct of hearing assessments:
    • duty of care
    • informed consent
    • privacy, confidentiality and disclosure
    • records management
    • work role boundaries, responsibilities and limitations:
    • boundaries of audiometrist role
    • generalist and specialist functions
    • relationship between audiometry and other health professionals
    • role of employers and other organisations
    • hearing conservation (protectors, environment, noise dosing)
    • indicators for referral
    • requirements of all sections of AS/NZ 1269
    • risk factors for occupational noise and strategies to mitigate those
    • sources of information on occupational noise risk
    • methods of testing for industrial hearing assessment:
    • monitoring assessment
    • reference assessments
    • manual/automated
    • noise level measurements

    Assessment Conditions

    Skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace or in a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions. The following conditions must be met for this unit:

    • use of suitable facilities, equipment and resources, including:
    • equipment that meets requirements of AS/NZ 1269
    • documentation that meets notation standards
    • modelling of industry operating conditions, including:
    • integration of problem solving activities
    • time constraints for completion of testing
    • provision of services to general public

    Assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015/AQTF mandatory competency requirements for assessors.

    Links

    Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=ced1390f-48d9-4ab0-bd50-b015e5485705