These safety tips should actually go without saying:
- Don’t use your hand-held radio whilst driving, unless the device is placed in a car kit holder utilising appropriate wireless or Bluetooth accessories.
- Do not utilise non-intrinsically safe two-way radios in the vicinity of petrol stations or areas where large quantities of solvents or combustible materials are stored.
Also, make sure that all employees who use installed two-way radio kits in any vehicles as part of their day-to-day jobs are sufficiently trained to do so safely; using hands-free solutions and audio accessories.
Make sure that everyone is aware that they need to handle their 2-wayradio in a responsible manner. Advise employees to:
- Exercise care when handling replacement batteries.
- Keep radio in a vertical position and the antenna at least 2.5 cm from the nose or lips to minimise RF exposure.
- Report any damage to the radio or antenna to a line manager.
- Ensure the device is carried ergonomically, utilising approved accessories appropriate for the work setting (such as carry case or holster) to avoid discomfort.
- Secure the device when working from height and utilise approved audio accessories to remove the risk of the device falling.
- Never place a radio’s speaker directly against the ear.
Acoustic Safety and Hygiene
Where high levels of background noise are an issue, radio users will be issued with a headset or earpiece that they must utilise at all times. Some basic housekeeping tips should include:
- Check you’ve turned down the volume before adding a headset or earpiece
- Sharing headsets or earpieces is unhygienic – don’t do it
- Ensure you regularly clean your headset/earpiece/voice tube with anti-bacterial wipes as per the user instructions.
- If you work in a noisy environment that exceeds the noise at work regulations, ensure you utilise an attenuating headset to prevent noise induced hearing loss.
In hazardous industrial or manufacturing settings, workers should be using handsets and accessories specially designed to operate in such environments.
Ensure personnel are briefed on the European Directives (ATEX) covering equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, so they understand the importance of:
- Always using ATEX approved handsets and headsets – and check equipment classifications for atmospheres containing propane/ethylene/hydrogen
- Checking specific on-site regulations for the use of headsets/battery changing.