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
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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...< /DIV>
Many thanks for sharing any procedures/approaches your institution/com pany might have--
Margaret A. Rakas, Ph.D.
Manager, Inventory & Regulatory Affairs
Clark Science Center
Smith College
Northampton, MA. 01063
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>& gt;> Beth Shepard <Beth.Shepard**At_Symbol_Here**SIAL.COM> 4/18/2011 2:00 PM >>>

Hi all--

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 Compliance Specialist
Regulatory Compliance
6000 N. Teutonia Ave.
/ Milwaukee, WI 53209 / USA
P: (414) 438-3850, x5471

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Re: [DCHAS-L] 6 re: Long Hair Lab Safety

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.

Michael Hojjatie, Ph.D.
R&D Director and Chemical Hygiene Officer
Tessend erlo Kerley, Inc.

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My message - below - came through without formatting (I should have expected).
I 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
Safety Coordinator
Chemistry & Biochemistry Teaching Laboratories University of California, San Diego
( 858) 534-0221

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From: Kennedy, Sheila <s1kennedy**At_Symbol_Here**>

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.

Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO

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