From: Allen Niemi <anniemi**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Food in a former lab space
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:26:30 -0400
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I would vote against it if the suggestion was to do chemistry one semester and prepare food the next, year after year, even it you did a thorough cleaning in between. I might vote in favor if it is a renovated lab space that has been "permanently" reassigned after proper decontamination and testing. I think part of the problem would be student and even public reaction to the ick factor. On the other hand, if you are talking about a food chemistry class and nobody is eating the food, I see no problem at all.

On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 9:07 AM, Kristi Ohr <kohr**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
Would any of you or your organizations permit food in a laboratory space that does not currently house chemicals, nor have current work going on with chemicals? Specifically, would you permit a class involving food preparation to occur in a lab space that the previous semester was used for a freshman level general chemistry class, even if the area were "cleaned" and all chemicals removed?



Allen Niemi, PhD
Occupational Safety and Health Services
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Michigan Technological University
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