Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 18:02:20 -0400
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Subject: Re: Extinguishers and gloves

From: "David Bunzow" <davidbunzow**At_Symbol_Here**>
Date: September 5, 2009 5:51:58 PM EDT
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] Extinguishers and gloves

David & Colleagues,

=46rom my extensive experience in academia as well as industry and government
research labs, Dave and John are quite correct in their insightful
assessment as well as condemnation of the FD. I was at an academic
institution where fire extinguishers were not allowed in labs - it was
largely because they felt that everyone was less qualified than they were
and the institution did not want to invest in training.  The institution
obviously did NOT believe that a large part of their mission was education
of their students, staff and faculty in areas of being responsible and
accountable for safety.  Ask anyone who has spent time in a learning
environment and they will likely point out that opportunities for learning
exist well beyond and often outside the formal classroom and lab experience
- lessons to bring into and apply at these venues.

It is indeed unfortunate that the head-in-the-sand approach is still being
advocated by some... 


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