Communicate Your Safety Message with Portable PA Systems
In many workplaces across America, one can tell actual work is being performed only when the noise levels start to rise. The official term for this type of noise is called the ambient noise level, and it can vary widely depending on the location where the workforce and equipment are operating. Depending on the jobsite, one may already be wearing hearing protection on the manufacturing floor, on a repaving project along a busy highway or in a noisy multi-contractor construction zone.
Since many workplaces practice a “Culture of Safety”, much effort goes into verbal safety training. In addition, there is other important information that needs to be communicated in high noise environments, including shift change and production meetings, team task assignments, status “huddle-ups” and continuous improvement updates. Often a supervisor is left with 2 choices to make their message heard: shut down the production line and take the team to a more quiet meeting room or try to talk over the ambient noise level, competing with machines, forklifts or jackhammers.
Many instructional meetings can and should take place on the shop floor, as it may reduce the equipment downtime and eliminate the “travel time” associated with gathering your team together in a distant conference room. Compact, portable all-in-one PA (public address) systems allow you to project your voice over the din and roar of the job site. These PA systems have features that make them easy to use. They are lightweight (less than 9 lbs. with batteries), rechargeable, weather resistant and wireless. The sound range of 20-50 watts makes them ideal for addressing small job site areas. Each portable PA system can easily be carried to wherever the workforce is located at a particular moment. It can be turned on with a flip of a switch and without the hassle of wires and cords. Some PA speakers (such as the 50 watt Half Mile Hailer™ have even been effectively used in noisy environments without the need for removing hearing protection.
Certainly there is a time and a place for more formal sit down meetings, where the safety message is just too important to deliver amidst the distractions of high ambient environmental noise. But if you are just looking to deliver a quick “huddle-up” with your team, experience the flexibility of a “grab and go” portable PA system.
Article courtesy of Amplivox Portable Sound Systems