From: "Rakers, Rosemary S." <rrakers**At_Symbol_Here**BEN.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Goggles or no goggles?
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2021 12:14:06 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU>
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Thank you, John,

My apologies on the signature line. I am used to my computer adding that automatically, but I wrote that email from my mobile device and didn't think of it. Yes, Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.

Now, excuse me, I have homework. ?

Appreciate the welcome, looking forward to learning a lot!

Rose Rakers, PhD
Chemistry Lab Manager and Chemical Hygiene Officer
Benedictine University
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532

From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU> on behalf of John Callen <jbcallen**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 5:51 AM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Goggles or no goggles?

Welcome to the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health and Safety!

To start and just so we know who you are, please include on your signature line contact information (address, landline and/or cell phone number) so that we can contact you off-line or send you materials, samples, etc.  From your eMail address, you are at Benedictine University (BU).  Are you at the Main Campus in Lisle, IL or Branch Campus in Mesa, AZ?

To help you and to help yourself, have you met with the BU Biology Undergraduate Faculty to understand what PPE, if any, the department has required the students to wear in the past.  Since BU has been around since 1887, I do not think, unless you tell me otherwise, that you are dealing with a new program, starting up "from scratch."

In general, to select the proper PPE, you would need first to do a laboratory curriculum assessment for each class of the four undergraduate programs you offer to determine if there will be exposure(s) or the potential exposure(s) to various hazards.  Once you do that, then you would be in the position to determine that for certain one(s) or all sessions of a given course, the students would  use certain PPE.  Also, does the Biology Department have SDS' in hard copy in a file or folder or online you could access to determine if you need to monitor the quality of air for a given chemical. 

So that you do not have to reinvent the wheel, if you are at the Main Campus, I would suggest you contact your counterparts at College of DuPage, Wheaton College, North Central College, Judson University and Elgin Community College to see what they are doing for similar courses.

If you have any additional questions or comments after this "Homework Assignment," please let us know.  Thanks!

Be Safe & Stay Healthy!

All My Best,

John B. Callen, Ph.D.
3M Personal Safety Division - Retired
ACS/DCHAS Founding Member
(312) 632-0195

On Jan 11, 2021, at 10:18 PM, Rakers, Rosemary S. <rrakers**At_Symbol_Here**BEN.EDU> wrote:

Hi all,

I'm relatively new to this CHO business. Definitely new to anything related to biology safety. What do you do in your instructional biology labs for PPE? Goggles? Glasses? Lab coats? Gloves? Does it depend on the lab? 

I can understand not using goggles/glasses when using a microscope, I can't see through the eyepieces with even my prescription glasses. How about when pipetting? Always? Or only when the volumes are a certain amount? Only when dealing with toxic chemicals?

I appreciate any and all comments.
Thank you.

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