MP3 Distractions

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about personal MP3 players:

Is the use of personal MP3 players a detrimental distraction in the workplace? Specifically speaking in an aerospace component overhaul facility? I need to prove or disprove this for the employees that work there and use these devices.

Signed, Music Critic

Dear Music Critic:

Check our Archives. We have many questions from individuals who wish to make the same kind of argument as you. For example: Two Q&As you might review are: Radios–Turn Them Off http://workplacedoctors.com/wpdocs/qdetail.asp?id=1256 And a more recent Q&A Loud, Loud Music http://workplacedoctors.com/wpdocs/qdetail.asp?id=3679 that includes this bit of information: The Federal government says levels over 85 dB are dangerous. A vacuum cleaner runs about 70 dB, a jackhammer at 100 dB, and sandblasting about 110 dB.

Each increase of 10 decibels represents a doubling of the perceived sound. So the Sound Factory’s peak of 115 dB is significantly louder than sandblasting. If a hostile government conspired to destroy the hearing of America’s young people, it would be hard pressed to come up with a better formula than the typical dance club.” http://www.hearnet.com/features/articles/artist_article_EdWclub.shtml · Is loud noise against the law? Typically, yes. The laws may vary depending on your zoning. For instance, if you’re a bar in a commercial district, complaints by residential neighbors may be taken less seriously due a more commercial location. But if you’re just a noisy neighbor, complaints will likely be taken seriously by local law enforcement. Usually noise ordinances are city laws rather than state laws. So, call your local police department to find out exactly what laws in your city exist against noise. Such laws will typically outline the volumes and time of days that are permissible in your jurisdiction. Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_loud_noise_against_the_law#ixzz1F50UPQJe · Also you can Ask a Lawyer Online Workplace Law Question? Ask It Here, Get an Answer ASAP. Law.JustAnswer.com/Workplace-Law

Each workplace must assess what distracts vs. encourages quality work. Please let us know to what decision you arrive after approaching this as a collaborative matter. Why collaborative? Because workplace motivation is related to employees buying into or resenting one that is mandated. Working together with hands, head, and heart takes and makes big WEGOS, and what matters is commitment to quality and productivity.

William Gorden