Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2005 13:59:52 -0500
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>To all concerned:
>Sorry, but Rob Toreki's helpful suggestions do NOT apply to students.
>That is, the OSHA regulations, even the lab standard cannot be enforced
>on students.  It applies in an enforceable manner only to paid employees.
>  so, as Rob correctly suggests, the male and female professors and TA's
>are to wear pants, but as far as OSHA is concerned, the kiddies may wear
>whatever they like.

Yes, students are not covered under OSHA  - I didn't mean to create 
the impression that students are covered, although it appears that I 
may have.  From the risk assessment, regulations and best practices I 
enumerated I was making the case that they SHOULD apply.  Thanks for 
that fine point, as it's an important distinction and a very key 

Profs and TA's that are employees at private universities do fall 
under OSHA (state or federal depending on whether you're in a State 
Plan state), of course.  State employees will vary, of course.

Imagine the field day that an attorney would have if one's students 
weren't required to meet the same level of PPE that the instructors 
were.... "Gee, Dr. Devious, isn't it true that YOU are required by 
law to have [insert PPE here] when you work in the lab but you didn't 
feel it necessary to offer that same protection to your student who 
was so horribly [insert string of gory adjectives] [insert list of 
injuries, real and claimed]"

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