The University of Maryland circa 1980 had a zero tolerance policy for undergraduates not following safety rules in the chemistry labs. One of the professors (head of the department?) roamed the hallways and any student not following safety procedures was immediately done for the day with no opportunity to make up the lost lab time. Word traveled quickly.
One of my instructors has made it a rule that if there is a water bottle out in lab where he can see it, you get kicked out of lab. Now I know it’s a hard line, but he has very few infractions of the rule after enforcing once or twice during the semester.
We are seeing a problem with students walking into the lab holding their water bottles and it is not practical for the instructor to stand at the door as they arrive because our labs run one right after the other and we rarely close the door. At the beginning of the term during the safety presentation they are told to put them away before entering the lab but they either forget or ignore it. We already have so many signs in our labs, hallways, etc that no one pays any attention to them so I’m reluctant to add another one. Could you share what you do at your institution?
Chemistry Lab Manager
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012
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