We have been providing both gloves and safety goggles to our
Latex or nitrile gloves are placed in the laboratory for those
choose to use them. Less than 50% choose to do so.
Although students are supposedly required to review each experiment
advance and to look up information on the hazards and handling of each
they will use in the experiment, there is not uniform adherence to this,
all students do a satisfactory job. Therefore, at the beginning of
experiment, I review all the potentially hazardous chemicals that will
during the experiment along with some reminders for the proper handling
chemicals, what to do in the event of skin contact, and proper
disposal. If I believe that gloves are necessary for any procedure,
require them, otherwise, it is the students' choice. However, at this
cannot say that all our laboratory instructors do the same - that will
changing in the near future.
We also supply safety goggles for students. They are stored
in a UV
safety goggle cabinet. Lens cleaner and soft tissue paper
equivalent) are provided. Not every instructor turns on the UV
sterilization lamp after every lab. We do have student lab
but they do not always remember to turn on the sterilization lamp.
practice I intend to change.)
All these supplies have been paid for by laboratory fees. In
current economic climate, however, the current lab fees will not cover
of all these materials. We just replaced all the safety goggles
ones in all our laboratories. We have made a decision that
starting in the
Fall semester, students must purchase their own safety goggles.
the bookstore.) Should a student forget to bring their goggles to
laboratory, they can use those that we have available, but we will not
restocking those goggles in the future. As a result, our
fees will cover the other materials such as gloves, lens cleaner, and
along with normal breakage of glassware.
The local university has a student affiliate chapter of the ACS,
sell safety goggles and laboratory notebooks to the students.
of their fund raising for the year. As a Community College, we do
a student affiliate chapter and we have decided that we are not set-up
into the goggle business, nor do we have the necessary security to
the money involved.
If your lab fees do not cover the cost of gloves, breakage, and
consumables that are not covered by your departmental laboratory budget,
you should consider a modest increase in your lab fee.
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Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010
Subject: [DCHAS-L] GLOVES IN
As the staff of the Chemistry
& Biochemistry Teaching Labs, we have been asked to propose ideas
saving money, as budgets are only getting tighter over the next few
idea proposed is that we stop providing gloves ad lib. to students,
them buy & bring their own. We currently supply either nitrile or
examination (thin, single-use) gloves in our labs.
provide/require gloves for student labs?
Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO
Biochemistry Teaching Laboratories
University of California, San