From: Don Abramowitz <dabramow**At_Symbol_Here**BRYNMAWR.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Electronic devices in teaching lab
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:43:23 -0400
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I think your question makes a good argument for your new policy that prohibits use of electronic devices in a teaching lab. 

You could also point out that they are possibly a source of ignition, so spilling a flammable solvent on one could make the question of decontamination moot. 

Donald Abramowitz
Environmental Health & Safety Officer
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA



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 =E2=80" 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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