Project SIMRAC -03-09-02 was commissioned in 2001 to develop an Internet- based mining-industry database for audiograms. The project was divided into 2 phases.
Phase 1 of the project concerned development or modification of an existing software programme providing for the record of baseline audiograms from facilitates both in the mining industry and elsewhere. This would assist Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA) in complying with the requirements of the Department of Labour in terms of Instruction 171 (1) (published in Government Gazette No. 2284 of 16 November 2001).
The Primary Output can be described as consisting of 4 sections:
- Development of Screening Audiometric database of Baseline Audiograms.
- Development of Screening Audiometry software management facility which would allow an employer to carry out screening audiograms as part of a medical surveillance programme
- Provision of Reports both standard and ad hoc reports.
- Over time generation of statistics on hearing loss deterioration.
PRODUCT DELIVERED; (PHASE 1 AND 2)
The Audiometric Test Result Repository System (inclusive of Database, Applications with Internet On-line Module) and 2 interfaces to import test results from participating mines directly into the Database)
SERVICE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE INTERNET-BASED MINING INDUSTRY DATABASE FOR BASELINE AUDIOGRAM REPOSITORY (PHASE 1)
- An electronic software system which can capture, safely store and retrieve Audiometric Test Results from the Repository. This software may be used by smaller mines to conduct and record screening audiograms of employees provided a suitable audiometer and computer was available.
- If required by participating mines, a Notification Service to inform employers and/or employees of possible compensable claims due to 10% Percentage Hearing Loss (PHL) deterioration (potentially compensable) has been provided.
- Documentation Templates or forms in respect of potentially compensable hearing loss are available for download if required: These templates consist of various standard forms: notification to employer of potential compensable hearing loss, notification to employee of potential compensable hearing loss
- A service which can be used to store records of Authentication of Audiometric Technician and Equipment producing the Test Result.