Your questions answered: Music to our workers’ ears

By Portner Press on November 6th, 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 does not wear the headset or listen to music while working.

When it comes to workplace safety, are all your staff singing from the same hymn sheet?

The Health & Safety Handbook will guide you through all the necessary steps to develop and implement important workplace procedures so you can maintain a safe, healthy and legally compliant workplace.

Find out more.



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