Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 13:55:55 -0400
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Subject: Re: Chemical lists for schools

From: "Georjean Adams" 
Date: October 3, 2006 11:54:37 AM EDT
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemical lists for schools

It is possible to handle any chemical safely - if you have the right
training, equipment and procedures in place.  Acknowledging that most
chemicals have hazards and need to be managed appropriately should  
also be
part of your curriculum.  The issue is whether or not you have the
capability and will make sure that safe practices occur.  Lack of money,
facilities and expertise of the teacher may preclude a lot, but  
not all, chemicals that have an OSHA standard.

Obviously, you don't have air supplied respirators in a high school - so
avoid those chemical that require them.  But requiring gloves and N-95's
isn't out of the question necessarily and could be an important  
lesson on
real world management of risk.

The last thing we need as ACS is to perpetuate and grow fear of  
We should be promoting the responsible use of chemicals.  Again, I think
your local chemical companies can give you a hand.

Georjean Adams

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