From: DCHAS Membership Chair <membership**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Face Coverings in the lab
Date: Tue, 12 May 2020 09:15:28 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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> >IČ??m sure weČ??ve discussed this somewhere, but in all of the current goings on, I donČ??t seem to be able to find the emails. I am looking to get everyoneČ??s take on face coverings in the chemistry lab. (CDC recommended cloth face coverings) Yea? Nay? Why?

You're correct there, has been a lot of discussion of this topic. I don't think the community has gotten to a Yea or Nay on this yet. As with any PPE policy, there are both technical and cultural pros and cons to this idea. (The con I've noticed in the last week is that it is difficult to get the attention of and communicate with someone orally when you are wearing a mask; this challenge varies significantly from individual to individual.)

Anyway, the CHAS discussions on the topic can be found at

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO

Membership chair
American Chemical Society
Division of Chemical Health and Safety

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