Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2010 15:43:35 -0500
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From: Robert Pertuit <papatweet**At_Symbol_Here**MSN.COM>
Subject: Re: Earbud policy in Labs
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If you have a sound level problem, shouldn't approved hearing protection for that level be used? I don't see "earbuds" as an appropriate substitute. Excellent teaching situation for a serious, frequently overlooked or ignored hazard..
Robert Pertuit

From: Navneet
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 11:32 AM
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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
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
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. 


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Long, Don
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

-----Original Message-----
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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