Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 12:43:19 -0500
Reply-To: Donald Rosenthal <rosen**At_Symbol_Here**CLARKSON.EDU>
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From: Donald Rosenthal <rosen**At_Symbol_Here**CLARKSON.EDU>
Subject: Laboratory Risk Statement
I received the appended message from Marcy Towns and am
forwarding it in the hope that I can receive some useful
comments and suggestions which I will relay to Marcy.

Donald Rosenthal
Department of Chemistry
Clarkson University
Potsdam NY 13699-5810


Subject: Laboratory Risk Statement

From: Marcy Towns <00mhtowns**At_Symbol_Here**>

I need to ask for help . . . Ball State is contemplating
adding a laboratory risk statement to the syllabi of our
courses which have a lab.  The current statement is below:

Laboratory risk statement:

Students enrolling in this course should realize that they
will be working with a variety of chemicals, some of which
could be irritating or hazardous with excessive exposure.
Individuals with sensitive medical conditions should take
precautions such as wearing additional protective garments,
delaying enrollment, or not enrolling in this course.  In
particular, women who are or may be pregnant should consult
with their physician.  A list of chemicals used in this course
and information about how to obtain Material Safety Data
Sheets (MSDS) is available in the chemistry department office,
CP 307.


I'd appreciate feedback from any of you who have a similar
statement.  Is our proposed statement close in terms of
wording?  We are considering generating a list of chemicals
for each course with a statement on the bottom directing the
student's attention to a website where MSDS information can be
accessed.  Also, there's been an issue raised regarding our
health center.  The notion is to also send the list of
chemicals to the health center with the accompanying MSDS
sheets.  Is anyone else doing this?

Thanks for the help.  Our faculty is scheduled to discuss it
next Thursday.



Marcy Towns
Professor of Chemistry
Ball State University
Cooper Hall
Muncie, IN 47306
765-285-2351 (FAX)

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