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Subject: 5 Re: [DCHAS-L] FW: Ear Bud Radio Use in labs

From: "Samuella B. Sigmann" <sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**>
Date: June 4, 2010 7:37:35 PM EDT
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] FW: Ear Bud Radio Use in labs

Hi Bill - I just ran a training session today for summer research students in our chem department today (undergrads) and the statement was - "NO ipods in lab". Music over speakers if ok.

From: "NEAL LANGERMAN" <neal**At_Symbol_Here**>< /div>
Date: June 4, 2010 6:32:26 PM EDT
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] FW: Ear Bud Radio Use in labs

This has been discussed on several safety boards and the consensus is they should not be allowed. Lots of reasons, all safety related.
Note they are not allowed while driving; you must have at least one ear clear


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From: Alan Hall <ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**>

Date: June 4, 2010 6:44:17 PM EDT
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] FW: Ear Bud Radio Use in labs



If somebody's listening, who's paying attention to what they're doing in the lab?  I can generally listen to Mozart and do some editorial work at the same time, but I stop afterwards and recheck my work before sending it in.

I can to some extent, multi-task and drive.  Simply eat a MacPuke Cheesburger and not hit anything.  But I derned sure pull over and stop driving as soon as possible when I have to take what may be a serious emergency cell phone call (they do occur).

There's no reason for cell phone/texting and ruther worse variations while in the lab.  Why not simply have an assistant outside the lab take charge of all the phones, ipods, handhelds, or what ever and start a log?  If something seems to be an emergency, the assistant could easily have a way to get in touch with whosomevere in the lab. Panic buttons come to mind.   Don't lab's still have an overhead paging system?  If not, why not?

If your are working in a lab, I don't care how multi-tasking you are, your attention must be on what your are doing, not some diddly-squat something on a cell phone or pager or i-pod or whatever.

If the workers can agree on some music to be piped in at a low volume and it doesn't interfere with their work, so be it.  But NOT if it interferes with the work and best safety practices.

I don't have a lab these days, but if I did, I'd seriously consider these recommendations.

Alan H. Hall, M.D.
President and Chief Medical Toxicologist
Laramie, WY
Clinical Assistant Professor
Colorado School of Public Health
Denver, CO


From: "Redden, Patricia" <PREDDEN**At_Symbol_Here**>
Date: June 4, 2010 7:38:04 PM EDT
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] FW: Ear Bud Radio Use in labs

In our college labs they are forbidden.

Pat Redden

From: bill parks <misterbill21225**At_Symbol_Here**> ;
Date: June 4, 2010 9:13:29 PM EDT
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] FW: Ear Bud Radio Use in labs

Oddly enough................................


I don't allow them in the labs/pilot plants due to not being able to hear the variety of alarms, bells, and whistles. In the office spaces, it's up to the managers/supervisors. Hopefully, the office space use is when nothing requiring an alarm is running in the lab/pilot plant.


Other opinions ? 

Bill Parks

Ralph Stuart
Secr etary
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society

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