From: Yaritza Brinker <YBrinker**At_Symbol_Here**FELE.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Question for teaching and research university labs
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2021 20:54:14 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU>
Message-ID: DM6PR05MB68108BD0738444F6B3DB6615ADA39**At_Symbol_Here**

There’s a lot of information out there if you have the time to dig. Here’s a few to get you started.


Here’s a few resources to help support a ban on artificial nails.


Here’s a few resources to help support fingernail length policy.


Here’s a good glove sizing chart. Since it has a spot for you to line up your hand, the students can’t cheat about their glove size. If you implement a supervised measuring program at the beginning of the semester, then you can ensure they are wearing the correct size glove and take the opportunity to address any fingernail issues. Those fabulous extra long fingernails won’t fit in the gloves leaving their wrists exposed!



Safety protocols in the lab are school/company policy. A student doesn’t have the right to enter a chem lab with artificial nails; just like they don’t have the right to enter wearing flipflops.


Good luck!


Yaritza Brinker



From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU> On Behalf Of Shannon Nephew
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:41 PM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Question for teaching and research university labs


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Good afternoon.  

I have had inquiries about this from several of our teaching faculty as of late and after proposing it to the chemical hygiene committee on campus today, it was suggested that we reach out to larger universities to see how they handle these concerns. 

We have noticed an increase in the number of students with very, very long (often acrylic) fingernails.  This is a concern for many reasons in a lab, but particularly in regard to gloves.

Does anyone have a procedure or lab safety rules addressing this?


Thank you,





Chemical Hygiene Officer, Hudson Hall Science Complex Building Manager

Science Programs and Facilities Support Professional

Hudson Hall 317

101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

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