Your question answered: Is listening to music during work a safety hazard?

By Jeff Salton on April 24th, 2018
  1. Risk Management
  2. Workplace Safety


Is there a workplace law or directive that prevents employees from wearing earpieces or headsets playing music in a manufacturing or construction environment?


There is no legislation prohibiting an employee from wearing headsets or earpieces playing music in a manufacturing or construction setting.

However, all employees have a duty while at work to take reasonable care for their own health and safety, and to take reasonable care for the health and safety of persons who may be affected by the employee’s acts or omissions at a workplace.

If the wearing of headsets or listening to music was preventing an employee from satisfying this duty, then it would be reasonable to request that the employee not wear the headset or listen to music while working.

Just some of the chapters in the Health & Safety Handbook that might help with your decision-making process, are:

  • D2 Duties of Workers
  • H1 Hazard Identification
  • N2 Noise Safety Management
  • S5 Supervision of Safe Work

All chapters are written in plain English, making them easy to read, understand and implement.

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