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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Student Accommodation Question
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:26:20 -0400
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Tyvek is a breathable material (hence its use as a moisture but not vapor barrier in housewrap; it keeps rain from getting inside the wall but if water does get in, it lets vapor out).  So it in theory it should let water vapor out while resisting liquid splashes.  Try giving the DuPont Tyvek tech support folks a call and see what version of the product would be possible options.

Another option might be to include desiccant packets inside the booties if water vapor buildup is the primary concern

It is not clear if humidity, oxygenation or both are the issue here, and a discussion with the physician might help. 

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On Jul 6, 2017, at 11:26 AM, Chance, Brandon <bchance**At_Symbol_Here**MAIL.SMU.EDU> wrote:


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 
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