From: "Osterby, Meg"
Date: November 4, 2008 5:19:12 PM EST (CA) Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] Shorts and Skirts in Labs Our technical college chemistry teaching labs follow the safety guidelines of long pants and closed shoes with lab coat on top. We do not allow students who are inappropriately dressed to participate in that day's lab. It's amazing when you say they can't do the lab, how many of them suddenly remember that they have long pants and closed shoes in their gym locker or car. Very few students actually miss a lab following this policy. We also do not allow midriff tops that do not completely cover the abdomen and back, and of course, splash guard safety goggles are a must whenever chemicals, heat, or glassware are in use. The staff points out to the students who want to argue the dress code that if their bosses stipulate a certain attire, they wear it without complaint or lose their jobs, and we deserve more respect than that dress code since we are enforcing it for their safety. Very few persist in arguing after that. Meg Osterby Chemistry Instructor Western Technical College 400 7th St. N. LaCrosse, WI, 54601
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