Dr. Hazari: I have not in my current capacity, but was involved in this scenario as a general chem lab instructor at another institution. Prior to the semester starting we did a walkthrough of our lab with our campus disability services officer, the student and the organization which oversees those dogs. The biggest concerns were vapors, broken glass, and spills. Since this was a general chemistry level lab, vapors were not much of an issue. The broken glass/spill issue was minimized by assigning the student to a group whose workstation was nearest to the main door to the lab. The dog then laid underneath the coat rack located just inside the door and could proceed no further than that. It worked out well. During the lab itself the student had his lab partners to assist in things he could not achieve on his own. The dog then helped him in and out of his coat, backpack, etc. when the student was entering/leaving.
Steven S. Funck, MS, CSMM
Natural Sciences Laboratory Program Manager
One College Ave.
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone: (717) 796-1800 (ext. 2079)
Fax: (717) 691-6046
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Al Hazari
Sent: Monday, September 29, 2014 11:55 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Service dogs in labs
Does anyone have any information on/experience with the presence of service dogs in labs?
Dr. Al Hazari
Director of Labs and Lecturer in Chemistry University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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