From: "Rekart, Theodore" <Theodore.Rekart**At_Symbol_Here**AIRLIQUIDE.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Body piercings on laboratory researchers working in a chemical laboratory.
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 13:04:47 -0500
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We don’t have any policies on body piercings yet, but the flowing scarves, wide sleeves issue is covered by many industries that limit the loose clothing and hair when working is areas that contain rotating machinery (motors, lathes, machinery with PTO’s, etc.).  Many of these industries prohibit lab coats due to the loose “tails” and require relatively close fitting coveralls to keep the lab coat flaps from becoming wrapped into rotating machinery.  I suspect that a strong case could be made for “loosely draped clothes and long hair” becoming in contact with chemicals in open containers, dragging along the top surfaces of contaminated lab benches, etc., not to mention the usual lack of personal cleanliness and hygiene associated with neophyte lab workers which could easily contaminate  loosely fitting garments that become convenient towels.  We, in our experimental risk analysis process endeavor to account for these conditions.


Ted Rekart

HSE Manager/IRMR

Air Liquide Delaware Research & Technology Center

200 GBC Drive

Newark, DE 19702



Office: 302-286-5514

Mobile: 302-229-7455


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Debbie M. Decker
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 6:02 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Body piercings on laboratory researchers working in a chemical laboratory.


I’d also be interested in anyone who might have a policy on flowing head scarves or wide sleeves on garments.



Debbie M. Decker, CCHO

Safety Manager

Department of Chemistry

University of California, Davis

122 Chemistry

1 Shields Ave.

Davis, CA  95616





Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction

that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions,

can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."





From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Rupkey, Steven A.
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 1:33 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Body piercings on laboratory researchers working in a chemical laboratory.


Has anyone had to address the need for an ESH policy on prohibiting, permitting and/or limiting facial and/or body piercings on laboratory researchers ? 


Can you share you policies? 




Steve Rupkey, CIH

ESH-QA Safety Manager

ESQ Division

Argonne National Laboratory

9700 S. Cass Avenue, Bldg. 200/R-001

Argonne, IL 60439-4832

O: 630-252-1497

C: 630-383-9411


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