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    Dont forget your earplugs you teachers

    Health and Safety in UK going more and more mad


    The warning, from the Health and Safety Executive, comes because beginners tend to play their instruments much louder than professionals.
    When officials visited a school, they found that noise from a cornet, the worst offending instrument, reached 140 decibels. The sound equates to a plane taking off.
    The HSE sets the safe daily limit for exposure to a prolonged noise at 80 decibels.
    Other instruments that could do long-term damage to teachers include the saxophone, which is a potential risk after 15 minutes, while conducting a brass, woodwind and percussion orchestra can be done safely for only 19 minutes.
    They warn that a school that allows staff to be exposed to the cornet without protection could be in breach of noise regulations.
    Its website says: “Sounds peaking above 140dB are liable to cause immediate and lasting damage rather than accumulating over time.
    “It is therefore crucial that a thorough noise control strategy is in place before any exposure to loud noise might occur.”
    It recommends teachers standing behind screens or making sure they do not stand directly in the line of an instrument.
    Other suggestions include playing larger rooms or rooms with special sound-absorbent materials.
    If they do use screens, however, they have to be careful not to place them in a manner that the sound would reverberate back to the child, putting them in added danger.
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    Re: Dont forget your earplugs you teachers

    I suppose it's better than other reasons teachers might want to wear earplugs...
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
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    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Re: Dont forget your earplugs you teachers

    Too late for me and my generation

    Earplugs were just beginning to be used in the last couple years of my teaching. By then, I already had tinnitus which usually went away during the summer month or 2 away from marching bands and concert bands. Now, it is with me 24/7 (a white noise with no discernible pitch). So, all you young and eager band directors to be, go out a get some of those ear protection devices and wear them.
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong


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    Re: Dont forget your earplugs you teachers

    RichR, I'm with ya. I'm not a band teacher, but I also have tinnitus all day, every day. There's a constant haze of sound, like a very soft buzzing, with occasional ringing and other sounds. Really sucks.

    I can't speak for how likely band directors are to damaging themselves that way, but I can say is that it's definitely something you want to avoid.

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