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Case 191 - Marathon organisers ban mp3 players and similar devices using earphones due to health and safety


A marathon organiser has banned the use of MP3 players and similar devices using earphones for reasons of health and safety.

Panel decision

There are no specific health and safety rules which ban the wearing of earphones/mp3 devices during running events. However the organisers of such events are entitled to make their own assessments and it does not seem unreasonable that earphones are not allowed as they would impair competitors' ability to hear any public announcements.