Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2008 06:59:59 -0500
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Subject: Re: Shorts and Skirts in Labs

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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