RESOURCE

December 2014

Ask Technical

Q:

Is there a safety rule against having a radio playing on a jobsite if it is played at reasonable levels?

 

A:

Radios are common in many workplaces and there are no Oregon OSHA rules prohibiting them. Like any other equipment at a worksite, however, a radio should be electrically safe in its construction and condition, and should be appropriate for the environment in which it is and used.

Radios used with headsets could be a potential hazard if an operator must be aware of the work environment – for example, forklift operations, traffic control work, and similar jobs.

If your workplace is covered by a hearing conservation program, and especially if the radio is used with a headset or ear phones, it could potentially add to environmental noise levels, depending upon the type of headset and the sound levels it creates.

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