From: Allen Niemi <anniemi**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] C&EN Safety Zone new post: Teaching laboratory chemical safety
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2015 09:29:15 -0400
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
In reply to some of the surprising core questions mentioned in Jyllian's post I would ask. Would these people use live Ebola virus to teach proper use of PPE and patient management techniques to nursing students or hospital ER personnel? Would they use real dynamite to teach safe explosives handling to freshmen mining students? Do your authorized radioisotope users practice their procedures with "hot" materials? Furthermore, what's too hazardous for a freshman chemistry student is different than for a grad student, etc. Teaching labs are just that. If the students are just learning the techniques, they should not be learning on the most hazardous chemicals and reactions for which these techniques might eventually be used. They should also be learning how to substitute less hazardous materials where feasible -- that's part of science, too.
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