Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 10:02:31 -0700
Reply-To: Jim Kapin <jim**At_Symbol_Here**CHEMICAL-SAFETY.COM>
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From: Jim Kapin <jim**At_Symbol_Here**CHEMICAL-SAFETY.COM>
Subject: FW: safe number of students in chemistry lab
Comments: To: dzoller**At_Symbol_Here**
I am posting this to a colleague who is not on the list.  Please make
sure to include David in any replies - Jim

James Kapin
Advanced Chemical Safety
858-874-5577 Cell 619-990-5955

-----Original Message-----
From: David Zoller [mailto:dzoller**At_Symbol_Here**]
Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2004 11:41 AM
To: neal**At_Symbol_Here**
Subject: safe number of students in chemistry lab


I am chair of the physical science department at olive-harvey college
and my area of expertise is physics. Our administration asked us to
increase the number of students in our introductory chemistry course
from 30 to 35. We have enough equipment to handle 5 more students per
class.  Are there guidelines regarding the number of students it is safe
to have in a class? The instructor is the only non student in the class:
the lab aid cannot assist in every class because some classes meet at
the same time or overlap.  We have 6 lab tables 17ft by 2.5ft. The lab
tables are separated by 5ft.  There is 3ft of space on either side of
the tables. I would send for your book on safety but I need an answer as
soon as possible. If you have any comments, they would be greatly

Dr. David Zoller
Chair of Physical Science
Olive-Harvey College

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