RE: headphones in Histology

From:"Carson, Karla" <>

Yes we do but unfortunately it is usually another staff member that brings
the complaint and then management and the team spend way too much time
trying to please everyone.   You were very lucky to always be able to work
with a well functioning team.

Karla Carson
Regional Pathology Manager
Mercy Health Care Sacramento
Phone 916-453-4494
FAX 916-453-4397
e-mail <> 

		-----Original Message-----
		From:	Kimberly Carter []
		Sent:	Wednesday, February 07, 2001 6:54 AM
		To:	'histonet'
		Subject:	RE: headphones in Histology

		In the last 14 years, I have worked in 3 labs of various
sizes. The rules
		about radios and head phones fills the entire spectrum of
possibilities. I
		can say the use of radios and head phones are great for
employee morale. 
		The largest lab I worked in allowed headphones. There was
10-12 histotechs
		cutting at once. Not everyone used head phones and no one
had them up so
		loud as not to hear everything else going on. And we did
interact with one
		another a lot. As a matter of fact, we were quite a chatty
group. The
		variety in tastes was great. From hard rock, easy listening,
		classical, country, alternative, and talk radio. The use of
head phones was
		only an issue in the lab that did not allow it. As adults,
we all respected
		each others rights and realized that the privilege could be
taken away if
		abused.(which it never was) I found when people put their
headphones on,
		they got down to business. Also, the small research lab I
work in
		now I have an assistant who is profoundly deaf. She and I
are the only two
		in the histology portion. And hearing is not an issue. I
want to say that I
		feel respected and valued as an employee in labs where the
choice is mine
		to make. Not another issue controlled by management. (Don't
they have
		bigger and better things to worry about?)  

		Kim Carter
		Ohio State University
		Comprehensive Cancer Center
		Columbus Ohio

		I found this topic extremely interesting.   The issue of
		being raised as a safety factor.  It does not pose a safety
danger.  I
		work with in a lab with a severe hearing impaired
technologist.  She
		has been in the field for over 20 years.  There has never
been a
		safety incident due to her impairment.  It boils down to
		interactions between co-workers.  The headphones will likely
		verbal dialogs between coworkers but to imply a safety
factor is
		simply not the case.  

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