If there's any chance the condition will resolve itself within a reasonable time, I'd recommend delaying enrollment.
If the condition is permanent, I wonder about the student's course of study - is it leading toward employment which will always be problematic? That's not something we can make decisions about, but I do wonder.
In any case, the student's physician or therapist may be an untapped source of information/suggestions. Good luck with this one & please let us know what you all decide.
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
(858) 534 - 0221 | MC 0303 | YORK HALL 3150
I would appreciate your input on the following:
We have a student (senior) that is scheduled to take a chemistry lab during our second summer session. Due to a skin condition, the student is not able to wear closed-toed shoes at this time. The lab uses concentrated acids and bases among its various hazards, so lack of protective footwear is not an option. I am looking for ideas to address this.
I do not think that chem-resistant booties are an option as the whole issue is allowing the feet to breath, and any protective bootie would be impervious to chemicals and exasperate the student's condition. This lab is a results-driven lab and student grades are based on results, so simply supplying data and having the student write up reports based on provided data would not be feasible.
Any help is appreciated.
Brandon S. Chance, MS, CCHO
Associate Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Office of Risk Management
Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750231 | Dallas, TX 75275-0231
T) 214.768.2430 | M) 469-978-8664
"… our job in safety is to make the task happen, SAFELY; not to interfere with the work…" Neal Langerman
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