Brandon, This sounds like a more specific question needs to be directed to the treating physician. Likely the condition requires air and not closed in footwear. However, the issue may come down to how much time the student would have to wear protective booties at a single setting and whether the lab work can be divided into shorter periods—2 hours or less as an example.
B. Warren RN, MS
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
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