From: "Kennedy, Sheila" <s1kennedy**At_Symbol_Here**>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 22:43:36 +0000
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This is a good question. It appears to me to be evolving.


Our own rules have evolved from "closed toe"  to closed shoes that must cover the foot (front, back & top).

One of our lab instructors does not allow any porous materials, such as canvas, in his labs (Advanced O-CHEM), but this has not become a general rule. In training, I strongly recommend non-porous materials.


Sheila M. Kennedy, C.H.O.

Safety Coordinator | Teaching Laboratories

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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Don Abramowitz
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2016 10:27 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Students with Leg Cast in Lab


Just curious, if chem resistant (I'm assuming the yellow, plastic coated variety) tyvek isn't enough, and folks are calling for leather or a plastic cup (clever by the way) for a foot covering, what are the other students in undergraduate chemistry required to wear?  For instance, I think most of us  require closed toe shoes, but are canvas-topped sneakers, like Chuck Taylors, acceptable?.   Do these no longer meet the standard of care?


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


Liquids could soak through the booties, so I don't think they are a reasonable choice. Students often suggest duct tape around a sock of some sort, but I do not allow that either. Depending on the cast/boot involved, we have allowed leather ballet slippers if they provide adequate coverage of the toes and other parts of the foot are adequately covered by the other parts of the slipper or by the boot itself.

Barbara Mowery
General Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator
Physical Sciences Department
York College of Pennsylvania
441 Country Club Road
York PA 17403-3651
113 Campbell Hall         717-815-6480     


On Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 8:41 AM, Maria Weizer <mweizer**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:



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

Laboratories Manager

Valencia College- Lake Nona Campus

12350 Narcoossee Road, Room 1-348

Orlando, FL 32832






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