Victoria: Several years ago at another institution. I did have this issue come up in a general chemistry lab. We assigned the student to a group whose workstation was closest to the door and the dog stayed just inside the door while the student was working. The dog was not at the lab bench, the student partners took care of any needs there. The biggest concern was broken glass fragments on the floor. In that particular lab hazardous fumes where not an issue. We did a walkthrough of the lab with both the campus disability coordinator and a representative from the local service dog organization to establish procedures and get their OK. It worked well. Good Luck.
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
I am trying to make accommodations for a service dog in teaching labs at the university. The students are required to wear closed-toe shoes and safety glasses as a minimum. We have a policy for service animals on campus, however, it doesn't really have any safety measures for the animals when they are in labs. Does anyone know of ways to keep the animal safe or have any experience with this type of situation?
Thanks for any help you are able to give.
Laboratory Safety Coordinator, CAS/RSENR
UVM's Risk Management and Safety
Environmental Safety Facility
667 Spear Street
Burlington, VT 05405
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