Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 15:44:26 -0500
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Subject: Re: Lab Coat Options

From: "Norwood, Brad" <Brad.Norwood**At_Symbol_Here**>
Date: February 22, 2010 1:41:52 PM EST
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] Lab Coat Options

>There is possibility that the chemist is really uncomfortable by the temperatures even they are set to a =91comfortable=92 level for most.  There are some individuals that require lower temperatures or higher temperatures to be comfortable because of their individual body needs.  Maybe HR could request the chemist to see the company doctor to determine of there is a medical condition underlying is causing him to be hot.  Of course confidentiality of any medical information is a must but maybe if anything is discovered or not , the doctor may have a recommendation to help the =91overheated feeling=92.  This also protects you and the company if he ended up being fired and had a condition that was later discovered, but the company did not rule that out before terminating him from the company.



In the litigious environment of the US, I think we=92d be hard pressed to find anything that =91trumps=92 worker safety as being THE key responsibility of any company - and, as a previous poster mentioned, there is NO requirement for =91reasonable accommodation=92 for comfort.


I think to do anything more than to require the individual to comply with the most foundational, rudimentary requirement of ANY lab gives this one person too much power and =91special treatment=92. 


If working in the vicinity of stirrers, hotplates, GC ovens, etc. is causing this individual a problem (and six others do NOT have any complaints), then this individual chose unwisely in his profession.  He needs to re-think his priorities, and maybe go back to an academic environment.



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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