From: Margaret Rakas <mrakas**At_Symbol_Here**SMITH.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Student Accommodation Question
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2017 13:45:08 -0400
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They aren't cheap, but what about Gore-tex (or similar) boots? If you google "Gore tex boots" there are a number of vendors which pop up. I checked on LLBean's site (see link below) and they do make claims that the boots are waterproof and they let feet breathe. While only one reviewer on the site commented on this feature, at least for them the boots 'breathed'. Gore tex socks are also available thru many vendors, just google...

Please note, I am not endorsing Gore Tex (or any other material), LLBean (or any other vendor) and I do believe the suggestions that the student ask their medical specialist for advice are good ones. (I also do not have any known financial stake in these companies--I hold mutual funds but those are a real goulash of companies).

However, to Sheila's point, if the student intends to pursue a lab career, the footwear may be one of the ways to do this without compromising what kind of a career they can have...

Yes, please let us know what approach works for your institution/the student...

On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 12:13 PM, Kennedy, Sheila <s1kennedy**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:


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

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From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Chance, Brandon
Sent: Thursday, July 6, 2017 8:26 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Student Accommodation Question


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

"- our job in safety is to make the task happen, SAFELY; not to interfere with the work-" Neal Langerman

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