Federal (OSHA) Rules About Radios At Work?

A question about radios being used in the workplace.



Are there OSHA rules about using radios at work?

Response from Ask the Workplace Doctors: 

Check our archives under Music and Noise at Work, to see some of the many questions and responses in the past, about this issue.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is part of the Department of Labor and regulates many aspects of workplace safety. https://www.osha.gov/ Each state also has a department of labor and related occupational safety groups. They would be your best source for information about your specific situation.

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Radios In The Workplace

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about radio stations:

Can one listen to radio stations at work?

Signed, Wondering

Dear Wondering:

We have several questions in our archives about the use of radios or other music at work. Most workplaces have rules about music, and those usually involve requirements about not disturbing others, not distracting from work, not creating a safety problem or other issues related to the type of work and the work setting. One opinion is that work is for work and not for entertainment. If someone says they don’t really hear the music, then they don’t need it. If they like to listen to the music and the ads and the talking by the announcer, then they are being distracted from work, even if just a little bit.Another opinion is that for work can be made more enjoyable with background music. And, it can be pointed out that most stores have music in the background, so why not offices or other settings?

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