Two way radios make communications within the workplace much easier allowing for increased productivity of workers. Although an efficient method of communicating many mistakes can be made if users are not trained properly to use them, the same training that would be applied should a new piece of machinery be brought onto site.

Although it may seem fairly condescending, because how hard is it to use a walkie talkie? Well many people often struggle with some of the basic functionality meaning that messages can be missed, ending up in a result where often it would be quicker to walk to the other operatives to explain your message.

Talking to quietly is a common occurrence this being because people often don’t realise quite how quietly they are talking resulting in impacted communications. A fairly simply mistake to rectify, ensuring that when using a two way radio you speak loud and clearly, making sure that the other members of your team will hear your message and understand all incoming communications.

Similarly talking to quickly can affect communications. This can be an issue for a number of reasons because not only will the message be difficult to interpret, but also the receiver of the message will often struggle to break down what you are saying meaning that things will be missed. In stressful situations the user may be panicked and speak quickly, but it is always important when in dangerous or stressful environments to remain calm and quicker action will be taken.

The final point in communications is to not talk over other communications, wait until the other person has ended their transmission before beginning your response. Ensuring these clear communications will allow the workforce to run more smoothly, helping to improve efficiency and the overall workload of staff. In some two way radios, a feature is present that will block communications until the person currently transmitting finishes speaking, meaning that this is not a major issue.

On to privacy, you should never assume that all of your conversations whilst using a two way radio are private, unless of course advanced encryption software is being used on your devices. As a user you should never reveal sensitive or personal information about yourself across the airwaves, minimalizing the risk of a data breach or leaked information because of human error.

Two way radios are built to high safety standards, with the Ingres protection rating of a radio ensuring its capabilities in differing working environments, something you can read more on here. It is vital that regular checks of radios are carried out, ensuring that all pieces of the radio are fully working when going out into the field. It is also important to ensure that the charge of the battery is sufficient for the shift it will be working, also monitoring the deterioration of the battery allowing for a replacement to be ordered prior to it no longer functioning as required.

Alongside ensuring that radios are checked regularly the storage is a key aspect on the lifespan of the devices. Storing your two way radios in places that are in direct sunlight or where warmer temperatures are present, this can also cause for the depletion of the radios. The same can be said for storing them in a cold or damp area this will lead to a similar outcome. Ensuring that your radios are in a cool, dry place will ensure that they continue to operate correctly through their expected lifespan.