From: McGrath Edward J <Edward.McGrath**At_Symbol_Here**REDCLAY.K12.DE.US>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] [External] [DCHAS-L] Food accommodations in the laboratory
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2019 19:20:06 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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This kind of thing comes up in the K-12 world occasionally.  We handle it the same way as if the accommodation was for a medication.  The student leaves the laboratory area (after proper handwashing and removal of PPE) and goes to a designated area (either the nurse's office or cafeteria) and then returns to the lab.  The purpose of accommodations is to allow the worker or student to fully participate in the activity.  Since allowing the student to eat or drink in the laboratory would be hazardous for the student, we provide a suitable place for the student to eat and drink, then rejoin the lab work. 


Eddie McGrath


Edward J. McGrath

Supervisor of Science

Red Clay Consolidated School District

1502 Spruce Avenue

Wilmington, DE  19805


(302) 552-3768


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From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU> On Behalf Of Amanda MacPherson
Sent: Friday, April 5, 2019 1:53 PM
Subject: [External] [DCHAS-L] Food accommodations in the laboratory



This is a question posed by one of the biology faculty at our school.  What is the best way to manage a student with an accommodation for food or beverage in the lab? We have recently had a student with an accommodation to be able to chew gum in one of our labs (in this case an anatomy lab).  We were able to work around it in this case, but have ongoing questions about managing these lab situations.  Has anyone else addressed similar situations?


Thank you,




Amanda MacPherson

Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator

Physical Sciences Department

York College of Pennsylvania

441 Country Club Road

York, PA 17403

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