Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2010 20:08:51 -0400
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From: Peter Zavon <pzavon**At_Symbol_Here**ROCHESTER.RR.COM>
Subject: Re: Earbud policy in Labs
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In my opinion, Navneet is incorrect in asserting that ear buds can minimize the loud noise produced by equipment, even for a short time.  Ear buds are not ambient  noise blocking devices.  When used in a noisy environment, they will encourage the wearer to adjust the programmed sound to a louder level than would otherwise be used - so it can be heard over the background.  The net result is that the ear is presented with more intense sound than would be the case with the background alone.

Peter Zavon, CIH
Penfield, NY


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Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 12:33 PM
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Earbud policy in Labs

In my experience, ear buds are allowed if working with loud equipment such as vacuum pump.  Constant loudness is a safety hazard in itself and can be minimized by use of ear buds for a short time of loud instrument/equipment usage.

Navneet S.

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From: Peifer, Patricia <Patricia.Peifer**At_Symbol_Here**WESTPHARMA.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Earbud policy in Labs
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Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 11:25 AM

I am not in a teaching or research lab either, but we ban them as well.  Not only for safety reasons but also because of the impression it makes when we have client or regulatory agency audits. 


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Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 11:16 AM
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Earbud policy in Labs


We are neither a teaching or a research lab, but we do prohibit earbuds in our lab. Folks need to maintain awareness of what's going on around them...........


Don A. Long
Southwest Research Institute Laboratory
Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility
PO Box 20130
White Hall, AR  71612

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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU]On Behalf Of Wawzyniecki Jr, Stefan
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 9:51 AM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Earbud policy in Labs

How many of you have a policy banning earbuds in laboratories?


Does it apply only to Undergrad teaching labs, or does it extend into research labs?


-Stefan Wawzyniecki

University of Connecticut

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