Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2011 14:38:12 -0400
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From: Margaret Rakas <mrakas**At_Symbol_Here**SMITH.EDU>
Subject: Re: : Long Hair Lab Safety
Have others found a way to appropriately (that is, keeping
safety foremost) yet sensitively handle a student who for cultural or
religious reasons, wears a long headscarf (so there's quite a lot of
fabric in the back) and/or wears long somewhat flowing sleeves? It
hasn't been an issue yet, but I'd like to be prepared for it...
The sleeves are obviously an issue if they poke out of a labcoat,
whether we're talking about chemicals or moving equipment or a pathogen;
the headscarf, to me, looks like it could be caught in moving equipment...<
Many thanks for sharing any procedures/approaches your institution/com
pany might have--
Margaret A. Rakas, Ph.D.
Manager, Inventory & Regulatory
Clark Science Center
gt;> Beth Shepard <Beth.Shepard**At_Symbol_Here**SIAL.COM> 4/18/2011 2:00 PM
While we're at it, aside from
hair being tied back away from the danger area, anything that could get
caught in moving/rotating equipment should be removed or tightened.
A coworker's husband used to work
in a foundry; they were not allowed to wear jewelry while on shift. He had
to leave his wedding ring in his locker. Here, we have some pieces of
equipment with rotating parts. The workers in those areas are trained
about the dangers of & constantly need to be aware of their own
jewelry and loose-fitting clothing as well as hair.
In the past, there have been stories about
people being pulled into equipment when their sleeves have been caught and
the emergency shut-off either haven't worked or the individual hasn't been
able to reach it. The stories have been split between people who have died
& people who have lost limbs.
Beth Shepard / Technical
6000 N. Teutonia Ave.
/ Milwaukee, WI 53209 / USA
Thanks for all the comments, corrections, and additions on this
subject. I am glad it started the dialogue. I think Sheila captured the
essence of the discussion. Now it is up to us to implement the rule and
enforce it to avoid any other unfortunate accident.
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|Re: [DCHAS-L] 6 re: Long Hair Lab
R&D Director and Chemical Hygiene Officer
erlo Kerley, Inc.
Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Kennedy,
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2011 10:21 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] 6 re: Long Hair Lab Safety
My message -
below - came through without formatting (I should have expected).
crossed out 'female' and ' up their hair on top', leaving:
All workers with long
hair must tie hair away from moving (rotating?) equipment.
Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO
Biochemistry Teaching Laboratories University of California, San Diego
Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Ralph Stuart
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2011 10:01 AM
t: [DCHAS-L] 6 re: Long Hair Lab Safety
From: Kennedy, Sheila
Good catch, but I suggest we teach:
All female worker with long hair MUST tie up their hair on top.
away from flames & moving (rotating?) equipment.
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