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OSHA Can’t Stop the Music, But Maybe Employers Should

While there is technically no OSHA regulation prohibiting the use of music ad headphones on work sites, it may be beneficial for the employer to have a policy in place. Employers still have a potential for liability if headphone use causes undue exposure to workers from accidents or injury defined as an OSHA violation. While the workers are listening to the music, they will have reduced awareness of their surroundings. Listening to music is not recommended if this can put the workers at risk for harm from a potentially dangerous work site.

Key Takeaways:

  • OSHA is an agency that is dedicated to the safety of employees at every type of job
  • Failing to follow the guidance or laws OSHA has established can cost you quality of living, your job or cause your entire company to fail
  • Listening to headphone devices on construction sites creates unnecessary risk and distraction

“OSHA clarified that portable music players are not a substitute for proper hearing protection.”

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