We were asked to accommodate an employee of ours, who was a juvenile diabetic. Her request was for the addition to our staff of a service dog that could identify when her blood sugar started dipping.
We spoke to everyone we could to determine the best policy for us, as although she had access to the laboratory, she spent the majority of her time performing QA duties outside the main lab.
The dog training organization agreed with us that the service dog should not be permitted specifically in our laboratory as it was too dangerous for her considering the possible exposure to hazardous chemicals. We are a toxicology laboratory.
Everyone agreed that the service animal should be spared the exposure. During a diabetic situation, the service animal responded appropriately, and she was rewarded with treats. This could only be done in an administrative area of the building that would not create a hazard for her.
Yes, we love dogs, especially service dogs like this one. We are now investigating the possibility of measuring various compounds in devices developed to capture breath in the hope of identifying analytes capable of early diagnoses of disease. Isn't it interesting, chemistry and sniffing sebum or breathalyzer capturing device may lead to early diagnose of disease.
Taken from the Economist, March 2019: Sniffing out Parkinson's.
Michael I. Schaffer, B.S., B.S., M.S., Ph.D., F.A.B.F.T., NRCC-TC
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Subject: [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?
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Physical Sciences Department
York College of Pennsylvania
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