We thought we had a challenge debating whether our campus should go smoke free, what a daunting question you have to deal with. Please let us know how this turns out.
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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**med.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Casadonte, Dominick
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2015 10:06 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Campus Carry Laws and Research Laboratories
This is the first time I have posted a question to the general community; we are interested in your opinions and perspectives.
As many of you know, the State of Texas passed a concealed carry law during the last legislative session. While universities cannot declare an entire public university a 3gun-free zone2, certain areas can be declared gun free. Hospital and child care facilities, as well as public auditoriums and Board of Regents rooms have often been exempted at other state universities.
At Texas Tech, our Institutional Laboratory Safety Committee has been exploring under what conditions certain laboratory or research areas should be declared gun free. So as not to bias the discussion, I will not tell you where we are heading. But it did raise to my mind the question that with a number of states now adopting similar laws, should EH&S professionals be brought into the discussion at a national level?
What do you all think about this? Should all synthesis labs be gun free?
Should only certain areas, like NMR facilities or areas with high magnetic fields, or areas with cryogenic tanks, be gun free? What about flammables?
Labs with pyrophoric materials?
I am copying Matt Roe, our head of EH&S, to this discussion thread, so that a couple of us can follow the comments.
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