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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Guidelines for the Use of Head Covers by Female Muslim Scientists
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 11:10:59 -0400
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There is an open access article at
that discusses the Use of Head Covers by Female Muslim Scientists in both chemistry and biomedical labs. This is a topic that arises on this list relatively frequently and members may be interested in the article.

Safety in Chemical and Biomedical Laboratories: Guidelines for the Use of Head Covers by Female Muslim Scientists


Introduction: Personal protective equipment (PPE) complements the safety measures required for working in various laboratories. The main purpose of PPE is to limit the exposure of laboratory personnel and the environment to hazardous chemicals and biological materials. Despite the wide acceptance of PPE, limited accommodation exists for customization of these items based on personal or cultural preferences.

Discussion: This article describes the basic recommendations and specifications for Muslim women's head covers as a part of PPE requirements in chemical and biological laboratories.

Conclusions: These guidelines will significantly help safety professionals, laboratorians, and teachers to plan accordingly and customize PPE that will not only be safe but also fit the needs of scientists of varying cultural backgrounds.

Let me know if you have any questions about this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Membership Chair
American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health and Safety

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