I encourage you to include your General Counsel in these discussions to protect yourself and your colleagues from litigation.
Barbara L. Foster
College Safety Officer
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
West Virginia University
DCHAS Fellow - American Chemical Society
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**med.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Debbie M. Decker
Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2016 11:46 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Managing impaired students?
I have had discussions with colleagues about applying a Field Sobriety Test to those who may appear to be impaired to determine if they're capable of working in the lab. It was just discussion - we haven't had to implement anything like this. There are training requirements for how to administer the FST and how to interpret the results.
Debbie M. Decker, CCHO, ACS Fellow
Immediate Past Chair, Division of Chemical Health and Safety University of California, Davis
Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions, can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."
> >Return to your basic rules (the ones that apply to everyone).
This makes sense to me. Has anyone developed training for TA's about how to approach these situations? I've run it into classes I've taught in classrooms and it can be a bit of a surprise the first time it happens to you...
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Keene State College
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