Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2011 16:22:47 -0700
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From: Lee Latimer <lhlatimer**At_Symbol_Here**MINDSPRING.COM>
Subject: Re: : Long Hair Lab Safety
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This is an excellent discussion bringing many items to the fore.  One that is needed is “what defines long hair?”

In my last Lab Safety Manual, we defined the hair issues as shoulder length or longer (to quote a song).  We also addressed the earring issue as m ore than an inch and generally discouraged big danglies in the lab.  Re grettably, the biologists were the least concerned/aware/cooperative and yet they would bend over dishes of cultures with flowing hair, both men and wom en.  

If management doesn’t believe in it, workers won’t.

Lee Latimer

On 4/18/11 12:00 PM, "Chance, Brandon" <brandon.chance**At_Symbol_Here**QATAR.TAMU.EDU> wrote:

< SPAN STYLE='font-size:11pt'>Being based in a Middle Eastern country, this is a common problem here.  We require lab coats with elastic in the cuffs .  Males must remove ghutras.  Women must must tuck their shaylas beneath the collar of their lab coat.  For women that wear the full hij ab, they replace the veil with a surgical mask.  Those are the basics w e use with other modifications on a case-by-case basis.

Brandon Chance
Texas A&M University at Qatar
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On Apr 18, 2011, at 9:44 PM, "Margaret Rakas" <mrakas**At_Symbol_Here**SMITH.EDU> wrote:

< SPAN STYLE='font-size:11pt'>Have others found a way to appropriately (that i s, keeping safety foremost) yet sensitively handle a student who for cultura l or religious reasons, wears a long headscarf (so there's quite a lot of fa bric 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 w e're talking about chemicals or moving equipment or a pathogen; the headscar f, to me, looks like it could be caught in moving equipment...
Many thanks for sharing any procedures/approaches your institution/company might have--
Margaret A. Rakas, Ph.D.
Manager, Inventory & Regulatory Affairs
Clark Science Center
Smith College
Northampton, MA. 01063
p:  413-585-3877
f:   413-585-3786

>>> 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 are a, anything that could get caught in moving/rotating equipment should be rem oved or tightened.

A coworker's husband used to work in a foundry; they were not allowed to we ar jewelry while on shift. He had to leave his wedding ring in his locker. H ere, we have some pieces of equipment with rotating parts. The workers in th ose 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 equipme nt when their sleeves have been caught and the emergency shut-off either hav en'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. < BR>
Beth Shepard / Technical Compliance Sp ecialist
Regulatory Compliance
6000 N. Teutonia Ave. / Milwaukee, WI 53209 /
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 esse nce 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
Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc.

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My message - below - came through without formatting (I should have expecte d).
I crossed out 'female' and ' up their hair on top', leaving:
                All workers with long hair must tie hair away from movi ng (rotating?) equipment.

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

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

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 f lames & moving (rotating?) equipment.

Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO

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