Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about earphones and IPods:
WE ARE A SHEETMETAL WORKSHOP. ARE OUR EMPLOYEES ALLOWED BY LAW TO WEAR EARPHONES CONNECTED TO THEIR IPHONES/IPOD ON THE WORKSHOP FLOOR?
Signed, Ears To Hear
Dear Ears To Hear:
You are indeed fortunate. Robert Byers, an expert in OSHA law and safety consulting, is our guest respondent to your question; he took time from his busy schedule to address your question as follows: It is not illegal for the employees to wear earphones connected to a music source, but I certainly think it presents major OSHA concerns. The OSHA Hearing Conservation Standard states that employees that are exposed to more than 85 decibels over a time weighted period (TWA) would require the employer to establish a baseline audiogram report for each employee and then retest them each subsequent year, and record any standard threshold shift of 10 decibels or more in either ear on the OSHA 300 log.