From: Alan Hall <ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Question about lab policy for "medical condition"
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 04:30:03 -0700
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"Let the Buyer Beware" does not seem to be a good policy.  Never worked to anyone's advantage unless you were trading horses and Abe Lincoln taught us all how to do that.  

What you might consider is having a Board Certified Occupational Physician consult with students as to what ADA accommodations might be appropriate.  For those with asthma of RADS/RADS-like syndrome, consultation with a pulmonologist might be considered.

You might look at the ATSDR Case Study in Environmental Medicine for Reproductive and Developmental Hazards if pregnancy is a concern.

Alan H. Hall, M.D.
Medical Toxicologist

On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 7:19 PM, David C. Finster <dfinster**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

CHAS folks,


I recently got an email from a colleague asking:


“Our department is looking for model policies for students with medical conditions which might limit their participation in the laboratory (such as asthma, pregnancy, allergies, etc.). We’re getting a suggestion from “on high” to have a caveat emptor policy where we just refer students to the SDS’s and tell them that they have to make their own decisions in consultation with their physician.


Do you know of any models we might look at for review, consideration, and/or adoption?”






David C. Finster
Professor, Department of Chemistry
University Chemical Hygiene Officer
Wittenberg University


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