Regarding the issue of the hearing impaired: my daugh ter is severely hearing impaired and yet she teaches 7-12 science classes , including laboratories. Under the ADA, employers have a duty to provide reasonable accommodation for disbled employees. For the hearing impaired, this can things as simple as visual warning devices for fire, smoke, carbon monoxide, evacuation, etc. (which many laborat ories already have installed in addition to audible warning devices).  ;
In all probablity, such visual warning devices are also of use to "hearie " employees, hopefully further enforcing the need to evacuate the area.&n bsp; This does not preclude the issues of ear bud radios and similar devi ces in the laboratory where being distracted can be both a health and safet y and quality-of-work issue. While I sometimes listen to classical music while working on manuscript preparation or reviewing documents , I would not prefer to do so in a laboratory setting. I even ban ned the atrocious so-called "music" of Muzak in my medical office wh en I was still doing clinical medicine. Appreciating the intricacie s of cardiac murmurs by stethoscope auscultation does not need to be interfered with by bad (or even good) music.
Alan H. Hall, M.D.
Colorado School of Public Health
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 13:02:04 +0000
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] FW: Ear Bud Radi o Use in labs
An additional hazard with the personal portables are the wires which can get caught on equipment , etc. We do not allow them in the industrial environment for all the re asons mentioned. Be careful about the use of non-personal radios as well - I observed two employees get into a physical fight over music after severa l hours of "dualing radios". I do agree with the ban on the use of portabl e devices in the lab for a variety of safety reasons as noted but be carefu l about using the excuses of not being able to hear warnings and driving wh ile iPoding and not being able to hear. What do you do about the HEARING I MPAIRED employee???? I am not aware it is illegal for the hearing impaired to drive in any state.
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] FW: Ear Bu d Radio Use in labs
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 15:23:09 -0400
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