Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 15:52:53 -0600
Reply-To: Wayne Wolsey <wolsey**At_Symbol_Here**MACALESTER.EDU>
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From: Wayne Wolsey <wolsey**At_Symbol_Here**MACALESTER.EDU>
Subject: Re: Need Your Opinion on Safety Issues
Comments: To: Edward Senkbeil
In-Reply-To: <s36b7d7a.088**At_Symbol_Here**>

 I couldn't help but submit a reply to your query re pants in the lab.  
A divided Department suggests that perhaps  satisfactory compromise for 
women students would be to allow culottes.

In a more serious vein, I'm a member of the ACS Committee on Chemical 
Safety.  There are a variety of opinions on this topic, but perhaps the 
better solution would be to require either lab aprons (these are fairly 
inexpensive and can be stocked by your bookstore) or lab coats. Either 
of these will give more personal protection than simply wearing long pants.

Good luck!

Wayne Wolsey
Professor of Chemistry
Macalester College

Edward Senkbeil wrote:

>My chemistry Department (Salisbury University) does not presently have a
>policy requiring pants to be worn in the undergraduate teaching labs.  I
>know the ACS recommends undergraduates wearing them, but our faculty are
>somewhat split on enforcing the wearing of pants, especially in the
>general chemistry lab, wear a minimum of hazardous chemicals are used. 
>I would appreciate any input on thoughts on a requirement for wearing
>pants (not shorts, skits, etc.).
>Thank you,
>Ed Senkbeil
>Chemistry Department
>Salisbury University

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