Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 14:05:36 -0600
Reply-To: Tim Hauser <Tim.Hauser**At_Symbol_Here**NOVAGEN.COM>
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From: Tim Hauser <Tim.Hauser**At_Symbol_Here**NOVAGEN.COM>
Subject: cell phones in labs
Hello all,
      I am interested in some feedback on cell phones in laboratories. I
don't believe the "static spark - fire" is too big of an issue as we really
don't have very much in the way of flammables due to the nature of our
work. My problem is more about distraction and chemical hygiene.
Supervisors (and myself) were finding employees talking away while handling
hazardous materials. We also saw employees reaching into their pockets and
handling phones immediately upon ringing...while their hands were still
gloved much less not washed.
      We have forbid cell phones in our labs but are receiving a fair
amount of complaints about the new rule. Has anyone had any similar
experiences or comments they could add?
Thank you for any help in advance.

Timothy M. Hauser
Health, Safety & Environmental Specialist / Radiation Safety Officer
Phone: 608 -442-4042
Fax:     608-238-1388
Email:   Tim.Hauser**At_Symbol_Here**

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