Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 09:27:40 -0700
Reply-To: DAVID KATZ <dakatz45**At_Symbol_Here**MSN.COM>
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From: DAVID KATZ <dakatz45**At_Symbol_Here**MSN.COM>
Subject: Re: Need Your Opinion on Safety Issues

All you academics should be aware that you issue a course syllabus to 
your students in which you state the course requirements, your grading 
procedures, etc.  As long as your practices are consistent with your 
syllabus, the college or university will stand behind you if there is 
any dispute with a student.  Well, laboratory safety is no different.  
You issue a course syllabus for the laboratory containing the laboratory 
requirements and safety regulations.  That means that you can specify no 
shorts, no sandals, and any other departmental or OSHA regulations for 
those students.  As with your lecture classes, the college or university 
is bound to stand behind you for all prudent and reasonable rules and 

You don't need OSHA regulations to enforce laboratory safety procedures 
for your students.  Make all your laboratory requirements and safety 
regulations departmental policy and make sure it is clearly stated in a 
standard statement on all laboratory syllabi which are distributed to 
all students.  Proper attire, as well as all safety practices are an 
integral part of laboratory work.

David Katz

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jay Young 
  To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here** 
  Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2005 10:42 AM
  Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Need Your Opinion on Safety Issues

  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 
  on students.  It applies in an enforceable manner only to paid 
   so, as Rob correctly suggests, the male and female professors and 
  are to wear pants, but as far as OSHA is concerned, the kiddies may 
  whatever they like.

  Jay Young

  PS:  I would hope of course, that the Profs and TA's would indeed 
  their own local requirements for proper attire for students in the 

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