Forgive me for revisiting this topic. I am interested in learning how other INDUSTRIAL sites manage the issue of visiting minors in labs. If anyone from an industrial environment would like to share their programs (summary only is fine) or their challenges, I would appreciate the info. (Not intending to discriminate against academia but you're sort of designed to handle this population.) -----Original Message----- From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**list.uvm.edu]On Behalf Of Laurence Doemeny Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 8:08 PM To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Best Practices for Students in Industrial Labs Here is how NIH does it: Here is their general web site: http://dohs.ors.od.nih.gov/student_labtraining.htm and the link that has information on restrictions: http://dohs.ors.od.nih.gov/student_minors.htm I would think that the institution where the student works would be required to take that institution's safety training before being allowed to work in the laboratory. -----Original Message----- From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Dr. Jay A. Young Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 1:11 PM To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Best Practices for Students in Industrial Labs Ralph, The ACS program, "Project Seed" specifically allows, and pays a small salary to students who help out, and learn some chemistry, in real labs under the supervision of an experienced mentor. The basic idea is two-fold, help deserving students earn a little money and perhaps recruit new minds into becoming candidates for the next Nobel in chemistry. Jay ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ralph Stuart"
To: Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 10:30 AM Subject: [DCHAS-L] Best Practices for Students in Industrial Labs >A DCHAS-L member who preferred to ask this question anonymously asked me >to post this... > > - Ralph > > Our industrial laboratory has previously allowed high school students > (under age 18) to shadow researchers in the laboratory. The parents must > sign a release form to allow emergency medical treatment and disclose any > prescription medications the student is currently taking. There is a > lengthy and serious safety presentation with the students and their > mentors prior to entering the lab. The students are allowed to observe > low risk experiments, e.g., room temperature reactions, pipeting non-BBP > materials into multi-well plates, use of microscopes and surface analysis > equipment and HPLC's, etc. The students are not allowed into high hazard > areas such as hazardous drug labs or to observe experiments that involve > pyrophoric reagents (hydrides, etc.). The mentor must accompany the > student in the laboratory 100% of the time. > > We have had a recent request from management to allow a high school > student (< 18 years old) to actually conduct experiments in our research > laboratory during the summer. Do any industrial labs allow high school > students to participate in a summer research project? What are the > limitations? Do you have any guidelines to share? > > We have considered having a local university allow the student to work in > their lab and our company sponsor the project. >
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