Two-Way Radio Tips for a Safe Reopening
COVID-19 back to work recommendations require the constant cleaning of workspace, tools and at least 6 feet of separation between employees. These measures create a larger work area where employees will need to communicate in. As face-to-face communication will not be encouraged for some time, the use of cell phones or two-way radios will be helpful in reducing this limitation. For those companies that have figured out that two-way radios offer the most effective solution, we would like to offer some tips for a safe reopening.
Keep your radio clean
Our fist advice is for those of you presently using two-way radios. Keeping your radio clean is particularly important for both the health of your team and the proper operation of your business. Here you will find information on how to clean your two-way radios.
Use two-way radio audio accessories
We also want to bring to your attention on how the use of audio accessories will help keep your team and work area safe but most importantly QUIET!! Audio accessories are designed to keep conversations private. The earpiece and microphone work together to allow for the conversations between users to be private and quiet since the radio speaker is not broadcasting the conversation for all to hear. Using audio accessories also keep the two-way radio clean and protected from damage. You no longer need to carry the radio in your hand or risk it falls down every time you remove it from your belt to answer.
Types of audio accessories
If you decide that you and your team will benefit from using an audio accessory with the two-way radio, you will need to consider what style to use. Accessories are available in one, two or three wire styles, with each style offering multiple earpieces. The wire style stands for the location of the earpiece and microphone. You can find more information about wire accessory styles in this link.
The earpiece supplies the privacy of the conversation and quiet operation while in the work area. There are over the ear accessories with large and small earpieces. Some earpieces will swivel, other will adjust up and down and left to right. There are also clear tubes with different in-ear-tips available. Some will offer quick replacement of parts, while others will be designed to be one size fits all.
The microphones and wires are easy to clean with a 70% alcohol swap. Earpieces require special attention when shared among team members. You should carefully look over all the options and decide how to keep each one clean. Will you need to replace foam covers, complete assemblies? or just wipe clean for the next person to use?
Let the user choose the audio accessory
Finally, find out which one your team will enjoy using. If they do not like the earpiece given, they will not use it. Without their participation, your quiet, efficient operation will end up being a noise filled work environment full of unhappy employees. Your customers will hear everything you and your employees are talking about. Think of that scenario and how your business could be affected.