From: Monona Rossol <actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Epilepsy in the Lab
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:45:40 -0400
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
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I had two dear friends with epilepsy.  One was very well-controlled on medication and only had a few incidents that could have caused accidents.  The other was not able to be completely controlled despite medication and the operation she was offered would have left her without speech.  Walking down the street with my uncontrolled friend one day she had a sudden seizure and knocked both of us to the pavement.

Neither of my friends was allowed to have a driver's licence, and that, is a reasonable precaution. 

If you were in my field, would you allow either of these people to be riggers? Climb ladders to set lights? Work with pyrotechnic effects?  Of course not.  And I would not, actually, have wanted to work next to either of my friends in a laboratory unless there were no circumstances that would be dangerous with a sudden loss of control of hands or bodies.  And I can't think of what kind of laboratory that would be.  Maybe you can.  But you need to really think this through without any political correctness getting in the way.

To complete the story, one of these friends was one of the founders of my organization and both were on my Board.  Both sadly, passed away far too young.   Epilepsy is a terrible affliction.

Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
President:  Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
Safety Officer: Local USA829, IATSE
181 Thompson St., #23
New York, NY 10012     212-777-0062


-----Original Message-----
From: Teresa Arnold <tarnold**At_Symbol_Here**GEORGEFOX.EDU>
Sent: Thu, Apr 28, 2016 5:17 am
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Epilepsy in the Lab

We have a student recently diagnosed with epilepsy.  She will be researching with one of our PI's this summer.  If you have some experience with this scenario and have some protocols in place for epilepsy and safety in the lab, I sure would appreciate your thoughts.

We will of course, be 
  • enforcing the 'don't work alone' policy, as per usual
  • requiring the use of carts instead of hand-held secondary containers
  • working up a first aid training and protocol for her lab and floor mates 
Useful things to consider would be very much appreciated!


Teresa Arnold
Biology-Chemistry Lab Manager
George Fox University
 414 N. Meridian St.  #6144
Newberg, OR  97132

Member of the National Association of Scientific Materials Managers since 2004

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