From: Monona Rossol <actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Waiver Form Example
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:34:00 -0400
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Not your fault.  I have a sister with Wilson's disease.

Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
President:  Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
Safety Officer: Local USA829, IATSE
181 Thompson St., #23
New York, NY 10012     212-777-0062


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From: Wright, Mike <mwright**At_Symbol_Here**USW.ORG>
Sent: Sat, Aug 29, 2015 9:33 am
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Waiver Form Example

Right. And people with tox as rusty as mine shouldn't depend on memory alone. 

Mike Wright
Director of Health, Safety & Environment
United Steelworkers
412-562-2580 office
412-370-0105 cell

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On Aug 29, 2015, at 6:35 AM, Monona Rossol < actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**CS.COM> wrote:

People with Wilson's disease should stay away from copper. 
Monona Rossol 

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On Aug 28, 2015, at 11:18 AM, Wright, Mike < mwright**At_Symbol_Here**USW.ORG> wrote:

To the moderator: Forgive me, but I'm not sure this message from yesterday got distributed. Did I do something wrong, or did my spam filter somehow block the return?  
I'm not as familiar with research labs as with industrial workplaces, but there are lots of problems with waivers. First, waivers based on pregnancy would almost certainly be found to be discriminatory by the EEOC. Nor would they be enforceable, at least with respect to the claim of a future child or a partner, for the simple reason that a woman could not sign away their rights. And it's generally illegal for employers to demand that employees waive their rights under federal or state law in exchange for a job. The situation may be different for students, but I doubt it.
The more important issue is the overall safety of the lab. The school has an obligation to protect the safety of its students - period. There may be some students who, because of allergies or sensitization, should not work with some chemicals. Sufferers from Wilson's disease should stay away from nickel; persons sensitized by beryllium or TDI shouldn't work around those materials. But waivers are no substitute for, first, assuring that labs are safe as possible for all students and, second, assuring that the small minority of students at special risk from certain chemicals can get a quality laboratory education without risking their health.
Mike Wright
Michael J. Wright
Director of Health, Safety and Environment
United Steelworkers
412-562-2580 office
412-370-0105 cell
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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Stephanie McClouds
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2015 3:27 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Waiver Form Example
Good Afternoon,
We have recently been tasked with creating a waiver form for students with health conditions such as pregnancy, allergies, etc.  This waiver will be signed prior to them beginning work in the research lab.  I was wondering if anyone is willing to share a similar waiver form.
Thank you,
Stephanie L. McClouds, MHS
Senior Laboratory Safety Specialist
Office:  443-334-2775
Stevenson University
School of the Sciences
1525 Greenspring Valley Road
Stevenson, Maryland 21153

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