Several y ears ago there was an incident of somebody got splashed with hydrofluoric a cid in one of his ears. The ear was as black as ebony wood for several days and very painful. He had to get calcium glutamate by injection as well as orally. In almost all of the safety advises and guidelines eyes and face pr otection is discussed. I have rarely seen recommendations for “ear pr otection” beyond the noise protection. Please comment.
Mic hael Hojjatie, Ph.D.
Safety needs to be applied equally and consistently. Loo se clothing or clothing that obscures peripheral vision in a chemistry labo ratory (or machine shop - think Yale) is a safety hazard and is not accepta ble. Safety is agnostic.
The real issu e here is whether your institution is willing or required to make some sort of accommodation such as permitting the student to do her lab time without the burka when only females are around. And that answer will obvious ly vary from state to state.
You should immediately consult your college's legal counsel **in writing**, and be sure to impres s on them from the start that safety can not be compromised under any circu mstances. You will no doubt want to come up with a standard written p olicy to address this issue.
Rob Toreki< /p>
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On Sep 1, 2011, at 10:27 AM, Yaeger, Mary Ann wrote:
Could others tell me how you deal with a student who wear s a Burka taking an organic chemistry class, or any lab class for that matt er? We certainly don’t want to discriminate religiously, so how do we deal with the safety issues of that. Surprisingly this is the first time this situation has arisen for us.
MaryAnn Yaeg er, MS
Chemical Hygiene Officer
120 N. State Street span>
Dover DE 19901
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