We’ve had good results with a couple of different strategies. The cast is trickier than a walking boot, as the bottom of the toes may also be exposed (not so with the boot).
As long as the only issue is exposed toes (the student can walk on the cast or walking boot), toes can be covered by a thin leather slipper sold for ballet practice (~$15 at a discount dance
supply here). See p 39 of J. Chem Health & Safety Vol 20 (9), Jan/Feb 2013.
Or you can put together a toe cap from semi-rigid plastic and duct tape. We’ve used several sources for the plastic, but a big red beer cup has worked well. Cut to needed shapes & stick together with duct tape. Show the student how to do it (or work together to devise a system, which is more fun). Then he/she should be able to do it alone for future lab days. Give the student a supply of cups & a role of tape.
Sheila M. Kennedy, C.H.O.
Safety Coordinator | Teaching Laboratories
Chemistry & Biochemistry |University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr. | La Jolla, CA 92093-0303
( (858) 534 – 0221 | MC 0303
I would like to know what policies/procedures others have regarding students who are in leg casts where the toes are exposed during undergraduate chemistry lab. One option was shoe cover booties. Any other ideas? We do not currently have a procedure for this.
Maria T. Weizer
Valencia College- Lake Nona Campus
12350 Narcoossee Road, Room 1-348
Orlando, FL 32832
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