He was we aring popper PPE (goggle, face shields, apron, gloves, etc.). He was loadin g HF when he was sideways and a tube came loose. I know this is an isolated incident but The ears are expose all the time.
Several years ago there was an incident of somebody got splashed with hydrofluoric acid in one of his ear s. 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 protection is discussed . I have rarely seen recommendations for “ear protection” beyon d the noise protection. Please comment.
Michael Hojjatie, Ph.D.
Safety n eeds to be applied equally and consistently. Loose clothing or clothi ng that obscures peripheral vision in a chemistry laboratory (or machine sh op - think Yale) is a safety hazard and is not acceptable. Safety is agnostic.
The real issue here is whether you r institution is willing or required to make some sort of accommodation suc h as permitting the student to do her lab time without the burka when only females are around. And that answer will obviously vary from state to state.
You should immediately consult your college 's legal counsel **in writing**, and be sure to impress on them from the st art that safety can not be compromised under any circumstances. You w ill no doubt want to come up with a standard written policy to address this issue.
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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 wears a Burka taking an organic chemistry class, or any lab class for that matter? 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.
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