When I assisted a "little person" (her description) in lab, I was surprised to find that she was not little all over – she was very short. In fact, all her long bones – humerus, femur, etc. were short. Her lab coat turned out to be a women's medium hemmed very short in the length & arms.
We struggles to find gloves, but she needed the width of the 'medium' that I wear. Her solution was to put on the gloves & fit them to her palms & fingers smoothly, then turn back the excess at the finger ends with tape. All the extra was held away from her fingertips & she had good coverage for the rest of her hand.
Fortunately, she was able to laugh at the appearance and carry on. Her attitude was to do what was needed and get busy with the work at hand. I hope your student is as fortunate in his/her outlook.
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
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I just received a question from a colleague who currently has a little person in his organic lab. They are having trouble finding chemical resistant gloves that fit properly. Extra smalls have fingers that are still too long. The professor has ordered some children's craft gloves made from LDPE to see if those work (compatibility will have to be looked at closely), but they may be too narrow across the palm. This little person is a chemistry major so they will be in lab courses for the foreseeable future. Any recommendations?
Brandon S. Chance, M.S., CCHO
Associate Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Office of Risk Management
Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750231 | Dallas, TX 75275-0231
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"… our job in safety is to make the task happen, SAFELY; not to interfere with the work…" Neal Langerman
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