From: Robin M. Izzo <rmizzo**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] [External] Re: [DCHAS-L] How would you answer this student question?
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2021 13:56:38 +0000
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We provide disposable masks for all lab work, in part because of what you've described. This is true for research and teaching labs. Once they enter the lab, they put on a disposable mask.

Best,

Robin

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From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU> on behalf of Burt Hollandsworth <burt.hollandsworth**At_Symbol_Here**LYON.EDU>
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 9:29 AM
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] [External] Re: [DCHAS-L] How would you answer this student question?

We start wet labs next week and I think I'm going to recommend either disposable masks for each lab or that students bring a cloth mask other than the one(s) they use in chemistry lab.  That way if something transfers it stays in the lab room and they don't wear it out to the cafeteria at dinner time.  For me, that's the same reasoning as not wearing your lab coat or apron outside of lab.  

Carl B. "Burt" Hollandsworth, Ph.D.

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On Aug 19, 2021, at 8:13 AM, Samuella Sigmann <sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**appstate.edu> wrote:

? I decided when we worked out our hybrid plan last semester that it was not a good idea for students (and faculty) to wear their personal cloth (or disposable) masks in lab due to the possibility of contamination. I was worried that if a student got chemicals on the mask through some transfer from their hands and then kept wearing it after they left, they would be breathing the contamination.

So, we require and provide a new disposable mask for students (and faculty) in the labs to wear and dispose of before leaving. After washing their hands, they should put on their personal mask.

It may seem as overboard, but since the university was willing to pay for it, we are doing it.
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On 8/19/2021 9:01 AM, Ralph Stuart wrote:

Are reusable masks okay in lab or only disposable ones because of chemical contaminants?
 
I'm not sure if you are thinking in terms of cloth or paper masks, but I would recommend that any masks that have been splashed on be replaced immediately. Cloth masks present similar challenges as other clothing worn in the lab. Paper masks are not likely to retain fumes, but also wear out fairly quickly. For that reason, new paper masks each class make sense to me.
 
Good luck to us all!
 
- Ralph
 
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
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