Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 16:07:38 -0500
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From: "Dr. Jay A. Young" <chemsafety**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET>
Subject: Re: Lab Coat Options

I agree with Dr. Norwood.  If you accommodate Mr. Personality, the next thing you will be doing is satisfying Ms. Needs Attention, and after that Dr. MeeToo will insist on going barefoot in the lab and after that who knows what the next goof-ball will come up with.
So make it clear to Mr Personality that rules are rules and if he doesn't like them, OK, but don't bother coming to work here any more.
Jay Young
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From: Norwood, Brad
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Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 3:36 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Lab Coat Options


Personally, I consider wearing proper PPE to be a condition of continued employment.  I do not believe that the company will be required to make any =93reasonable accommodation=94 at the risk of the liability that would be incurred.

I would tell the individual they have two choices.  Wear the labcoat at all times required by your established protocols and boundaries OR seek employment elsewhere.

Dr. Bradley K. Norwood

Laboratory Director

Arista Laboratories

1941 Reymet Road

Richmond, VA  23237

(804) 271-5572 ext. 307

(804) 641-4641 (cell)


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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Danielle Boren
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 2:20 PM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Lab Coat Options

Does anyone have experience with chemists that state they are too hot to wear lab coats?  For the most part, all scientists in my company comply. One exception - he flat out refuses to wear the lab coat because he says it makes him so hot he feels like he=92s going to pass out.

Since the whole point of wearing a lab coat is to protect against spills and splashes, wearing a thinner coat does not seem like a viable option. 

I would like to find a solution that is workable for the employee, but also protects the company from liability.

Thank you.

Danielle M. Boren

Laboratory Safety Manager

Senomyx, Inc.

4767 Nexus Center Dr. San Diego, Ca 92121

858-646-8357 office

858-404-0752 fax

858-401-2374 mobile

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