From: Tracy D. Harvey <tdy**At_Symbol_Here**UW.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Electronic devices in teaching lab
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:35:52 +0000
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Difficult as it may be, you want to keep everything but lab materials out of lab.  We don’t allow backpacks, etc., in the workspace, but one time a TA was not vigilant and a student had his bag with him in Organic Lab.  Later that day the student went to the emergency room ill, and claimed something spilled into his backpack during lab.  It turned out to be NOT what was wrong with the student, but why set yourself up for a conversation with the e.r. and some unhappy parents?


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Debbie M. Decker
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 10:26 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Electronic devices in teaching lab




It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep undergraduates from using their electronic devices in the teaching lab.  We disclaim that any damage is not the responsibility of the institution.


Here’s the question:  What if something hazardous is spilled on the device and it can’t be decontaminated?  Does the device become hazardous waste at that point?  What if the owner isn’t willing to give up the device for disposal?


This scenario hasn’t presented itself – yet!





Debbie M. Decker, CCHO, ACS Fellow

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."




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