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Many institutions, including Stanford University, are conducting all classes online for the foreseeable future. We're quickly seeing a spike in questions around sending chemicals, adhesives, etc.. to students' homes to facilitate distance teaching lab classes. This presents a lot of thorny issues around safety, hazardous materials shipping, hazardous waste, safety culture, and equitable learning (i.e., some materials may only be available or able to be shipped domestically, leaving international students out).
How have other institutions tackled this? Are you completely banning it, providing a list of acceptable chemicals/work practices, reviewing each experiment, or totally out of the conversation?
Thank you all!
Jennifer Mattler, CIH, M.S., M.S.
Industrial Hygienist/Chemical Hygiene Officer
Environmental Health and Safety
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