From: Lawrence J Tirri <larry.tirri**At_Symbol_Here**UNLV.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Lab PPE Question
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:43:19 -0700
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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We observed the same fashion choices among our students too.   We established a departmental policy that skin may not show.  Legs, ankles a d feet must be completely covered and protected.  Students must provide surgical type scrubbs, sweat pants, socks, and closed shoes to change into before entering the lab.  If skin on legs, ankles or feet show, the student is not permitted to enter the lab.  Same goes for lab coats and eye protection. 

This is explained in first lab discussions and enforced.  Students not acceptably prepared for lab are allowed to turn in  prelab assignments but are then turned away.  There are no makeup labs.  After one or two students are turned away, word spreads and it is no longer an issue.  We do not cite any regulation, just departmental policy.

During the first lab discussion, you can also describe the possibility, that even with lab coats, an accidental spill could splash onto slacks or whatever is being worn to protect their legs, ankles and feet, so you can suggest wearing or changing into older clothing so if a splash were to occur, new and/or expensive clothing would not be ruined.

I hope this helps.

Dr. Larry Tirri
Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Univ. Nevada Las Vegas

On September 29, 2016, at 6:59 AM, "Tambasco, Aniello" <> wrote:

Hi all-

ΚΚ I need help with a lab concern about proper lab PPE. I had a question about yoga/ spandex pants. Some of our undergraduate students use these pants and their ankles are exposed because they wear low cut socks and sneakers. Is there anything in the PPE language from OSHA, that these pants are prohibited? Thank you in advance for your time.

Aniello Tambasco
Lab technician and Assistant
Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre PA 18766


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