Quiet-List 1997

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Re: Radio in the workplace

> I'm sure most list-members will agree that my friend's rights are being 
> violated by his being forced to listen to other people's entertainment 
> noise, but I haven't been able to offer him any practical advice. Is anyone 
> aware of any legal precedent establishing a right to quiet in the 
> workplace? It is not a question of decibels, so it's not a matter for the 
> Workers' Compensation Board.

  Off the top of my head I would say that until people can 
prove that certain sounds/noises are causing specific 
illnesses (not just stress) to themselves, it will be up to 
individual employers to decide (using whatever criteria they 
choose) whether they play or not play music in a 
workplace environment. I hope someone can prove me wrong.

 Eric Greenspoon 
  Vice President - Citizens' Coalition Against Noise

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