Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 08:44:50 -0500
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From: heinz and inge trebitz <iht63**At_Symbol_Here**VALLEY.NET>
Subject: Use of headphones at work

In response to Valerie Kvaternick's comment:
I think that the use of headphones should not be an individual choice. This
sounds like a rigorous approach but so is the requirement of wearing safety
glasses during lab work.
An employer can expect the employee to pay undivided attention to the work
at hand.
The use of personal headphones creates distractions and diminishes focus on
the work. The fact that  in V. K.'s lab diminished work performance or
incorrect work has not been observed is inconclusive. Too often, we pay
attention to deficiencies and accidents only after they have happened. And,
as has been pointed out by others, there are a number of safety issues to be
considered. Most important, you want to have co-workers alert to their work
environment and what's happening around them, NOT wrapped up in their own
little cocoon.

Heinz H. Trebitz, Ph.D.
480 Colby Road N
Thetford Center, VT 05075
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