From: Ken Kretchman <kwkretch**At_Symbol_Here**NCSU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Short term lab students safety orientation?
Date: January 4, 2013 1:58:38 PM EST
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Similar to others we have students here for summer assignments. We use a 45-60 minute safety presentation. We also have a practice for bringing on minors, as well as a training course for housekeepers. That being said, you seem to mention something more challenging, which is getting appropriate orientation to those who may have brief stay and may not even put hands on, more like a tour where training or guidelines such as "hosting a tour in your lab" which is aimed at the PI, vs training given by EH&S to the guests might be the ticket. I expect a bit of both would be ideal, such as a list of dos and don't for the guests along with guidelines for the host. This is our guideline which I think falls short of your needs and perhaps ours as well..

Ken Kretchman, CIH, CSP Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Campus Box 8007 / 2620 Wolf Village Way / Raleigh North Carolina 27695-8007
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On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM, Daniel Crowl <crowl**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
Hi Ralph,

We have a summer youth program at Michigan Tech in the summer where high school students come in and do some hands-on lab experiences.

We do two things:
1. We make sure that the experiments have minimum hazards. We use a very dilute acid solution.
2. We have a 20 to 30 minute safety presentation / discussion as part of the regular lecture before the lab. This includes some general stuff (safety glasses / gloves / etc) and is also oriented towards the specific hazards they will encounter.

This seems to work best for us.

Dan Crowl
Michigan Tech

On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 8:55 AM, Ralph B Stuart <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
At Cornell, as at many campuses, we host a variety of high school age visitors to research labs for short periods of time (i.e. less than a week). Last year, shortly before one such summer event, someone pointed out to the organizer of one of these groups (which brings about 1000 4H students to campus) that people in research labs should have appropriate safety training. With short notice, we recommended our standard lab safety training, which is at a level of detail that isn't appropriate for this audience.

Generically speaking, these students visit a variety of labs for about 3 days to see science in action and hear about research in fields of interest. They may or may not have any hands on activities.

Has anyone developed an appropriate lab safety orientation for this type of group? I'd be interested in hearing about best practices for this kind of training; it sounds like I would have about 30 minutes to provide a presentation to those groups whose hosts would like safety support for these visits.

Thanks for any thoughts on this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart CIH
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Department of Environmental Health and Safety
Cornell University


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