You have a point there. As I'm playing in college, not as part of a job, I'm not sure if that law applies. However, that page might help out. Still, I'm fairly sure that they'll at least require me to get more invisible ones. Bright blue ear plugs that have a blue string going from one plug to the other or construction-work orange ear plugs would be distracting to the audiance. I did see some clear ones, though...
I'm sure you're right in your assumption. Those regulations do not apply to you, and although my background is in industrial safety, I don't believe they apply to professional musicans either. If any do, there are people here who will have been exposed to them and perhaps will join this thread long enough to post that information. MeLizzard posted her very good thoughts about hearing protection, but I didn't read anything of a regulatory nature. I'm sure she would know.
This was ten years ago, but one of my offices was on the same military installation that housed the U.S. Navy Band. I was in contact with those folks on numerous occasions for safety or fire prevention reasons, and this aspect of safety never entered into any of our discussions. My work in that case focused on the structure of, and use of their building, and I was (now, regretably) never aware of this. Had there been a radial arm saw section in the band, I would have been on it like white on rice.
The premise for using Wicks paper to support your argument for hearing protection is clear in his work. If you and your fellow students do not wear hearing protection, one may conclude that some of you will probably incur a hearing loss, especially if you continue this level of involvement in music beyond your college experience. Thus, you'll be suggesting the incorporation of a hearing protection guideline that will not have the force of law.
We've taken this thread to a zen level in short order, and I have to share that I'm getting in a little over my head. Please do not take anything I say as gospel. Moreover, my academic background had nothing to do with music, but I can tell you that the head of my program would have been receptive to new information respectfully
presented by a student. His grand nature was to reach for the highest truth, so I would have felt no fear in offering any cogent argument. He would have respected that attitude in a student. In fact, he expected
Bright blue, eh? No, I don't suppose that will fly when you're performing. The next time you're in the drug store, take a moment to bend the pharmicist's ear, and ask about an alternative that isn't as visible. The brand of in-the-ear protection we dispensed in the workplace was flesh colored (assuming that the flesh in question was Asian or Caucasion). In any case, however, that option would be the more acceptable alternative.
Good grief! Can I get on a soapbox, or what?
Shutting up and signing off ... for now,