[Histonet] Music in the Laboratory

Tony Henwood (SCHN) tony.henwood <@t> health.nsw.gov.au
Wed Jan 18 15:50:06 CST 2012

I suppose naughty words have appeared in songs for years (Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-ling" must have been a little riskie - or is it just my FF (formalin fixed) mind!) 

We often have the radio on and one day the staff, especially the young ones, thought I was "quite hip!" as I was bopping along to a song that seemed to contain naughty words. Fortunately I had no idea what the words to the song were (I needed sub-titles) - and that seems to be the case with most of them now.

My hearin is probably shot from too much Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and ACDC anyway!!

Tony Henwood JP, MSc, BAppSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC), FFSc(RCPA) 
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Subject: RE: [Histonet] Music in the Laboratory

Regarding the offensive language, many institutions have policies that address the use of inappropriate language. You may find it in something like a "Workplace Harassment/Violence" policy. We too do not permit ear buds or headphones for the same reason. 

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Subject: RE: [Histonet] Music in the Laboratory

Hi All,
Our lab is governed by hospital regulations that no headphones or earbuds be worn at anytime. This is considered a safety issue. We do have policies governing codes for behavior such as dress, hygiene, innappropriate computer use such as streaming music or social media but music is something they allow idividual departments to dictate. Our lab has decided to allow desk top radios to be played. I have a few techs that like to listen to talk radio or music so they each have their individual radios set so low that only they can hear it. I think if everyone had their own radio it would be insane but a couple is not too bad. If it were to become distracting or a nusance, I would ban them completely. We are not in a patient traffic area but we do get a lot of outside visitors walking thru such as Resident's interviewing or clinicians. One must always consider patient care first and foremost and if music is offensive to you because of language then it probably is offensive to others as well. I think you should never have to endure music that is offensive in anyway. Jazz makes me crazy. My question to you would be, do you have a policy that stating that music is allowed? Best of luck to you.

> From: Traczyk7 <@t> aol.com
> Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:37:04 -0500
> To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
> Subject: [Histonet] Music in the Laboratory
> Greetings.
> I would like to know what other histology laboratories allow for music 
> players while working. Do you have formal policies about music content 
> or volume? Do you allow lab space doors to remain closed to muffle the 
> volume of what is being played? Are headsets allowed?
> I am a terrible judge of this because I personally prefer to work in a 
> quiet environment. I am trying to be open minded, as long as the work 
> gets done. However, one of the techs had a song playing today that I 
> believe was inappropriate for general listening in the lab. Am I just out of touch?
> Is that dang "F" word just something I'm going to have to learn to accept? 
> Do you have a written policy? When/how/why was it implemented?
> I should mention that it's a small private lab, with minimal patient 
> traffic. We do see our share of FedEx, UPS, sales & service reps.
> Your ideas on this is very much appreciated.
> Dorothy
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