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 span>
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.
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[mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Kennedy, Sheila
Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 6:32 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] GLOVES IN STUDENT LABS
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? span>
Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO
Chemistry & Biochemistry Teaching Laboratories
University of California, San Diego
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