What Pat said, stools block egress and are a collision hazard.
No accommodations without the need in writing from a professional (medical doctor, office of disabilities, etc).
From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU]
On Behalf Of Patricia Redden
Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 1:19 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Stools in Chemistry Laboratories
We don't allow stools in our gen chem or orgo labs, unless there is a medical reason. Stools restrict access in case of emergency and give a tripping hazard. SACL used to have a statement about them, but I'm not sure if it's in the current edition.
On Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 11:23 AM Frankie Wood-Black <fwoodblack90**At_Symbol_Here**gmail.com> wrote:
OK folks - it is time to ask the question as we just got new laboratories for one of our campus locations. In our chemistry labs at two of our campuses we have "laboratory pods" A bench with a sink in the middle and places for four individuals with under the pod stools. (Note in the new laboratory - the stools weren't the best choice and are now a tripping hazard, so that is a separate issue.)
But, what we are seeing more and more is that if the stools are available the students want to sit to do the experiments. Understanding of course that there are some that need this type of accommodation, but for most - sitting while doing the experiment is not necessary or desired.
So, I am asking the question - primarily to defend our stance, what is your opinion about stools in a general chemistry laboratory - we are talking introductory chemistry and general chemistry.
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