Is Your Workplace too Noisy?


Hearing loss can be very socially isolating.  As employers, you are required to address noisy working environments by reviewing the sound levels, worker exposure times and providing hearing checks for those workers exposed to excessive noise levels.  The SafeWork Authority has extended an exemption to employers till 31st December 2021 to implement a hearing conservation program, including hearing checks for those workers exposed to excessive noise.  This is something we can organise for you through Saunders Safety and Training.

Some examples of workers who might be affected by hearing loss are: workers who are rostered to work at a Disco, dance party, DJ events or other noisy events.  Too much noise at work can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss, or tinnitus – ringing in the ears. The damage can occur gradually, from extended exposure to noise or immediately, from exposure to a sudden explosive sound.

What is considered noisy? 
SafeWork NSW states exposure to noise above 85 decibels (dB) when averaged over 8 hours increases the risk of permanent hearing loss.  Every 3dB increase after this doubles the risk of hearing loss.

What can you do?  
Workers who are exposed to excessive workplace noise require protection under the WHS Act 2011.  Make sure the noise a worker is exposed to at the workplace doesn’t exceed the exposure standard for noise.  Provide audiometric testing to a worker who is frequently required to use personal hearing protectors to protect them from hearing loss associated with noise that exceeds the exposure standard.

Engineering Controls
Reduce the volume, e.g:

  • Install noise limiters or compressors either within the sound system or externally.  There are two main types of noise limiters:
    • microphone controlled;
    • electronic in-circuit devices.
  • Enclose or partition off the Bar area with glass or Perspex;
  • Mount noisy or vibrating floor standing machinery and equipment on rubber pads to reduce vibration noise;
  • Install flexible acoustic screens or curtains of sound absorbent material to reduce the exposure to noise from particular loud sources, e.g.: as a sound partition.

Administrative controls and personal protective equipment (PPE) are the least effective and the least reliable controls and must only be used for any leftover risk that cannot be controlled by the above engineering controls.  Administrative controls and the use of PPE rely solely on human behaviour and require constant supervision.

For more information please click on the links below which will direct you to the Safework NSW website or contact us on (02) 9587 3500 to find out how we can help you through the services of Saunders Safety and Training.

SAFE WORK NSW – Noise Article
SAFE WORK NSW – Controlling Hazardous Noise in the Workplace Article


Prestige Home Insurance


Bushfire, storm and flood season is still very much upon us therefore it is an important time to ensure your home and valuables are sufficiently protected.

If you live in a prestige home we would like to inform you of the Chubb Masterpiece product. This policy is tailored for individuals and families with significant assets who appreciate premium levels of cover and service.

Click on the link below to download the product brochure:


Contact us to find out more about this great product on (02) 9587 3500 and ask for Robyn ( or Paige ( or

Prize Indemnity Insurance


Do you want to encourage more patrons through the doors of your business?

We can help you come up with fun and engaging ways to attract more patrons into your premises through prize promotion.

By engaging in prize indemnity insurance, this gives you the ability to offer special contests and promotions with attractive prizes like cars, holidays, and even cash, while transferring the risk of the prize to an insurer.

Some of the benefits include…

  • Increase sales
  • Generate revenue
  • Customer rewards/loyalty
  • A way to drive membership
  • Fundraising

Some examples of when to run a promotion…

  • Sporting related events eg. State of Origin, Australian Open
  • Mothers Day
  • Easter
  • Christmas
  • Father’s Day
  • Australia Day

Case Study – City Tattersalls Club – 125 Reasons

City Tattersalls Club gave their customers the chance to win a major prize of $125k, $50k or $12.5k.

The Results


In comparison to the Wednesday average turnover for the 16 weeks prior to the promotion, the promotional period recorded an increase of 24.7%.


In comparison to the Friday average turnover for the 16 weeks prior to the promotion, the promotional period recorded an increase of 56.87%.

Contact us to find out more about this and how we can help you come up with fun and engaging ways to attract more patrons through your doors – (02) 9587 3500 or

icare proposes NSW Workers Compensation premium rate increases

icare proposes NSW Workers Compensation premium rate increases

NSW Workers Compensation insurer (icare) has advised an expected premium increase of 2.9% at a Scheme level for 2021-2022, and a further 2.9% increase for 2022-2023. For employers within the Loss Prevention & Recovery (LPR) scheme, it is anticipated that there will be a 5% increase to the adjustment rates for 2021-2022, and that the ESI will remain and at 7.5%.

Please see icare’s media release with further information below:


Please note that whilst this has only been proposed to the Insurance Regulator (SIRA), we expect that it will be approved and if so, may result in a premium increase to you. We will keep you informed of developments however should you have any immediate concerns please do not hesitate to contact your account manager or the office on (02) 9587 3500, or email us at