I have not been following this thread, but I know years ago there were DOT rules in at least one state forbidding people from driving trucks with headphones (I know this because I have a friend who got a ticket for driving a U-Haul with headphones on). I personally do not mind music in my lab, in fact, I like it, and yes, I play music. But it is public where everyone can hear it and thus I keep it at a reasonable level. Now, if an accident was to occur, or if an employee who was using headphones action caused some sort of litigation to be set in place against you, I suspect it would be easy for a lawyer to make an argument that such a policy (allowing headphones) was not prudent, even if that was not the case [read from the perspective of God]. Of course you know your work environment and you know the responsibilities of your employees. That's my two cents worth. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Kvaternick, Valerie"
Date: Monday, March 17, 2008 4:44 pm Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Headphone use in labs To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU > Radios and some iPODS are used in the labs. It is an > individual choice and > has not been a distraction such that work is not done or is done > incorrectly.Some people just work better with music. It > may be recommended that if sound > cancelling headphones are used, one ear is left open to ensure > emergencymessages are heard. > > -----Original Message----- > From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On > Behalf Of > Hadden, Susan [PRDUS] > Sent: Friday, March 14, 2008 4:31 PM > To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU > Subject: [DCHAS-L] Headphone use in labs > > Some of our lab staff (pharma R&D) would like to wear iPods and > similardevices while working. We're not too keen on the idea, > the main reason being > lack of focus on their work tasks (like cell phone use while > driving). How > are the rest of you handling this issue? > > Thanks, > > Susan Hadden > -------------------------------------------------------- > This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and > intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they > are addressed. If you have received this e-mail in error please notify > the system manager: postmaster**At_Symbol_Here**merial.com This e-mail and its > attachments have been scanned for the presence of computer > viruses, however it is always advisable to run a virus check on > e-mails and attachments before opening them. > -------------------------------------------------------- > > *********************************************************** Robert E. Belford Department of Chemistry University of Arkansas at Little Rock http://www.ualr.edu/rebelford 501-569-8824
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