Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2011 20:45:56 +0000
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From: "Debbie M. Decker" <dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**UCDAVIS.EDU>
Subject: Re: Burka and safety
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How about this?

You would deal with that person just like yo u would deal with anyone else who might wear flowing sleeves, very long hai r, loose clothing, excessively long fingernails, dangling earbobs, etc.  If there’s a risk that clothing or adornments mi ght compromise safe work in the lab (dragging through chemicals or becoming contaminated, increase risk of knocking something over or catching on fire , entanglement, etc.), the clothing or adornments must be confined close to the body.

Just a couple of thoughts – I’ve never had to deal with that one either but the very long hair has come up a time or two.

Hope this helps,



Debbie M. Decker, Campus Ch emical Safety Officer
Environmental Health and Safety
University of California, Davis
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Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2011 7:28 AM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Burka and safety

Could others tell me how you deal with a student who wears a Burka taking an organic chemistry class, or any lab class for that matter?  We certainly don’t want to discriminate religiously, s o how do we deal with the safety issues of that.  Surprisingly this is the first time this situation has arisen for us.



MaryAnn Yaeger, MS

Supervisor of Laboratory Services,

Chemical Hygiene Officer

Wesley College

120 N. State Street

Dover DE 19901

Ph. 302-736-2389

Fax 302-736-2301

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