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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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 http://www.capitolscientific.com/Bel-Art-249000000-Lab-Safety-Step-Stool. 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.
Professor of Chemistry
Oklahoma City University
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**gmail.com> 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.
Tacoma Community College
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