From: "Kennedy, Sheila" <s1kennedy**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Use of stool in lab
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:23:07 +0000
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We’ve had more success with lower work benches than with stools, although we have lots of stools in lab as well..

If her problem is that the table is too high, the table can be made lower.


Sheila Kennedy, C.H.O.

Safety Coordinator | Teaching Laboratories

UCSD Chemistry & Biochemistry |MC 0303

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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Nail, John
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:48 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Use of stool in lab


Most of the comments have assumed that the student will be sitting on the stool. A standing (step) stool would be more appropriate for this situation.


I have my vertically challenged students use a safety step stool, one example is These work well. I haven't had anyone trip over it as these are always by the bench and not in the middle of the isle.


John Nail

Professor of Chemistry

Oklahoma City University



From: Janet Baum <baum.janet**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:11:00 -0600
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Use of stool in lab


Dear Phil, Please don't get a stool that swivels!! Or one with casters. If someone accidentally bumps into the student standing on the stool, she could fly off it. As Don suggested, get something sturdy with a handrail to hold onto when mounting/ dismounting, and a wide-enough platform to allow her some movement. ADA guidelines may have other suggestions.

Janet Baum, AIA

Washington University in St.. Louis


On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM, Phil Hunter <philinnatjac**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

We have a chemistry student this quarter who is about 4 feet tall and is concerned that her height places her face at an unsafe distance from the chemicals.  She has suggested that she use a stool in the lab, which seems to me like a reasonable solution.  However, others have raised a concern about falling and tripping over the stool. 


I was hoping someone on the list might have had a similar experience and would be willing to share any lessons learned.


Phil Hunter

Tacoma Community College



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