Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 13:15:31 -0800
Reply-To: Laurence Doemeny <ldoemeny**At_Symbol_Here**COX.NET>
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From: Laurence Doemeny <ldoemeny**At_Symbol_Here**COX.NET>
Subject: Re: cell phones in labs
Comments: To: Tim Hauser
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Attached is an e-mail from an earlier discussion on this subject. -----Original Message----- From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Tim Hauser Sent: Monday, March 06, 2006 12:06 PM To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: [DCHAS-L] 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**

Well said, Larry. Russ Phifer WC Environmental, LLC PO Box 1718 West Chester, PA 19380 610-696-9220 610-344-7519 fax rphifer**At_Symbol_Here** -----Original Message----- From: Laurence Doemeny [mailto:ldoemeny**At_Symbol_Here**] Sent: Monday, January 05, 2004 1:12 PM To: 'Lawrence Funke'; 'A. Marcinkowsky'; 'A. Hazari'; 'Alaimo (R. Alaimo)'; 'antonucci'; 'J. Breazeale'; 'burns'; 'C. Bradley'; dmcdonal**At_Symbol_Here**; 'D. McDonald'; 'D. Watson'; 'elston (H. Elston)'; 'fivizzani (K. Fivizzani)'; 'foster (Barbara Foster)'; 'gates (R. Gates)'; 'J. Delfiner'; 'M. Cournoyer'; 'Nevill (M. Nevill)'; 'S. Sichak'; 'phifer (R. Phifer)'; 'redden (P. Redden)'; 'R. Torrey'; 'Schickedantz (P. Schickedantz)'; 'D. Schmidt'; 'segal'; 'silber (H. Silber)'; 'Talley-home (E. Talley)'; 'D. Walters'; 'W. Wolsey' Subject: RE: Cell Phones I assume we are being asked about the safety of the cell phone in the laboratory and not etiquette. Unless the lab is considered an area where intrinsically safe or explosion proof equipment is only to be used I would not consider it any more an explosion hazard than a refrigerator, a computer, a computer monitor, a light switch or other piece of electrical/electronic equipment one would expect to find in a general laboratory. I would understand requiring the phones to be turned off since if the phone rings and it startles the laboratorians then it does present a safety hazard. Should the ACS have a policy on cell phone usage in the lab? I'm not sure setting policy for others is a responsibility for the ACS. Certainly, we can make some recommendations but policy? The lab, or school or business should set their own policy. -----Original Message----- From: Lawrence Funke [mailto:l_funke**At_Symbol_Here**] Sent: Monday, January 05, 2004 11:36 AM To: A. Marcinkowsky; A. Hazari; Alaimo (R. Alaimo); antonucci; J. Breazeale; burns; C. Bradley; dmcdonal**At_Symbol_Here**; doemeny (L. Doemeny); D. McDonald; D. Watson; elston (H. Elston); fivizzani (K. Fivizzani); foster (Barbara Foster); gates (R. Gates); J. Delfiner; Lawrence Funke; M. Cournoyer; Nevill (M. Nevill); S. Sichak; phifer (R. Phifer); redden (P. Redden); R. Torrey; Schickedantz (P. Schickedantz); D. Schmidt; segal; silber (H. Silber); Talley-home (E. Talley); D. Walters; W. Wolsey Subject: FW: Cell Phones Bob, et al., I don't think there is a specific policy stated, but I would certainly ban cell phone use from my teaching lab because it could be a serious distraction. Is some sort of statement from CCS needed? Larry -----Original Message----- From: Robert Gates [mailto:rgates**At_Symbol_Here**] Sent: Friday, December 19, 2003 11:26 AM To: l_funke**At_Symbol_Here** Subject: Cell Phones Good morning, I had a question from someone today about cell phone usage in the chemistry lab. Does ACS have any policy or guidelines in this regard or is any in the pipeline? It isn't urgent but just a matter of interest. Thanks. Happy Holidays!! Bob Gates --- Incoming mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system ( Version: 6.0.556 / Virus Database: 348 - Release Date: 12/26/03 --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system ( Version: 6.0.556 / Virus Database: 348 - Release Date: 12/26/03

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