Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2010 13:20:49 -0500
Reply-To: DCHAS-L Discussion List <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU>
Sender: DCHAS-L Discussion List <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU>
From: Rita Kay Calhoun <r.calhoun**At_Symbol_Here**MOREHEADSTATE.EDU>
In-Reply-To: <1652E6F1AF10EF40A077AF558B7006D07DB2828214**At_Symbol_Here**>

                 Would one of you please explain to me the dermal hazard associated with determini ng the volume of a drop of water?  Or perhaps the density of a saline solution?  As I said in my original response there is guidance given t o the students in their risk assessment.  And if their assessment is inadequate, there is “You will wear gloves, period”.  When students understand, they are much more likely to comply.  When they s ee the rules as simply something People-in-Authority impose because they’ ;re in authority and want control, the students try to get away with not complying.  I do teach your children safety.  I also try to teach them to think.  The most important safety rule you can learn is to thi nk.  Everything else flows from that.

Kay Calhoun

From: DCHAS-L Discu ssion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Moorefield, Mubetcel
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010 7:44 AM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU

I am surprised to see there is even a discussion of whether to ask the students to wear gloves or not.  That is probably why even the chemists who graduate with PhD in chemistry have hard time following t hose simple safety rules when they get a job in the industry.


As teaching profession, I would expect you to teach my child ho w to be safe in a lab as well as how to set up a reaction.  It should be pa rt of the teaching curriculum.  I am pretty sure you are teaching them no t to pour hazardous chemicals down the drain so the environment doesn't get hurt.  Why would you question if it  is necessary to teach them n ot to hurt themselves?  Discussion of recovering the cost should be a separate issue.




THIS MESSAGE IS INTENDED ONLY FOR THE USE OF THE INDIVIDUAL OR ENTITY TO WHICH IT IS ADDRESSED AND MAY CONTAIN INFORMATION THAT IS CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY AND MAY FURTHER CONSTITUTE NON-PUBLIC INFORMATION . If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use of the information disclosed herein, or any dissemination, distribution, forwarding or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited.  Such restrictions also apply to any employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended recipient. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immedia tely by e-mail or telephone, and delete the original message immediately. For mo re information, please visit <>. Thank you< /p>


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Kennedy, Sheila
Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 6:32 PM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU

As the staff of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Teaching Labs, we have been asked to propose ideas for saving money, as bud gets are only getting tighter over the next few years. One idea proposed is that we stop providing gloves ad lib. to students, but have them buy & bring th eir own. We currently supply either nitrile or PVC examination (thin, single-us e) gloves in our labs.

Do you provide/require gloves for student labs?


Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO
Safety Coordinator
Chemistry & Biochemistry Teaching Laboratories
University of California, San Diego
(858) 534-0221

Previous post   |  Top of Page   |   Next post

The content of this page reflects the personal opinion(s) of the author(s) only, not the American Chemical Society, ILPI, Safety Emporium, or any other party. Use of any information on this page is at the reader's own risk. Unauthorized reproduction of these materials is prohibited. Send questions/comments about the archive to
The maintenance and hosting of the DCHAS-L archive is provided through the generous support of Safety Emporium.