From: Monona Rossol <actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Sound Cancelling earbuds vs ear plugs
Date: Thu, 5 May 2016 11:26:22 -0400
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I have no policy, but the sound technology has progressed so that we can have stage managers wearing head sets which block110 dBA music, gun shots and pyrotechnics and can still hear conversation near by.  Or musicians in the pit who can block out tympani and horns and still hear the flute.   Amazing stuff they have now.  I don't know if any of this has made it to the sciences.  But requiring special head ear muffs that are not connectable to iPods might be a way to go.  

Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
President:  Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
Safety Officer: Local USA829, IATSE
181 Thompson St., #23
New York, NY 10012     212-777-0062


-----Original Message-----
From: Smallbrock, Margaret A. <Margaret.Smallbrock**At_Symbol_Here**SDSMT.EDU>
Sent: Thu, May 5, 2016 11:19 am
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Sound Cancelling earbuds vs ear plugs

As I only received one response to this question, is anyone else willing to share their policy?
Thank you,
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Smallbrock, Margaret A.
Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 4:47 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Sound Cancelling earbuds vs ear plugs
Greetings all,
The question has come up from our campus grounds crew about using sound cancelling earbuds vs ear plugs when working. I can see both sides of it, but we are currently weighing the risk vs wants. With ear plugs, we know the noise is reduced greatly to a safe level, with headphones, this is not easily quantified as we could be exchanging equipment noise for music.  
My supervisor is interested in finding out what other campuses are doing in regards to their grounds crews and if earbuds vs ear plugs has come up. Please share if you are able.
Thank you,
Margaret Smallbrock
Campus Environmental Health and Safety Manager
Environmental Health & Safety
South Dakota School of Mines
501 East St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
605-394-5837 FAX

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