Music and radios in the workplace

Author(s) T. Kelsall

I still remember it: Climbing up into a big mining truck, up the stairs across the front, a truck so big that from the ground it is hard to touch the axle, with a big view out over the road, but hard to see the first 50 feet. But it is what comes next that is memorable. “Hi, I have come to measure the noise in your cab.” “Make yourself comfortable over there. Let me turn the music off.” “OK, thanks...” If you have done this sort of thing before, it is so familiar. But in retrospect…

I was there because a bright industrial hygienist had spotted something wrong. “Their doses are high, but the sound levels in those cabs are quite low, considering what they are…” She was right.