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Can I wear ear defenders with an inbuilt FM radio system when I am working as a tree surgeon?

 25/11/2015    Last Modified: 04/02/2016

We couldn’t recommend this as it is likely to further impair communication between team members in work situations where effective communication is so important. Whilst standard ear defenders are designed to reduce potentially harmful levels of noise reaching the ear and as a consequence impair verbal communication also, they do not completely isolate the wearer from other sounds, such as calls from team mates when it is necessary to attract attention. The addition of music directly into the ear in this way is likely to block all other sounds which would be unwise when undertaking tree work.

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