ear Phones on radios


Can OSHA check the noise level on a radio that the employee has connected to a ear phone to see if it is too loud?




Dear Wondering:

I’m sorry but we don’t have expertise in regulatory issues such as this. You can perhaps check with your state’s occupational safety and health section (state website) or OSHA’s website or a local office if you live in a large city.

Clarify with them whether you are asking about using a commercial radio to listen to radio music and talk shows or a two way radio that is required for the business. OSHA would only become involved if the business is large enough to come under their guidelines and if the radio is required equipment that seems likely to impair hearing.

Best wishes as you research this matter.

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.