Tripping hazard & an obstruction to staff services (moving carts between benches).
Sheila M. Kennedy, C.H.O.
Safety Coordinator | Teaching Laboratories
Chemistry & Biochemistry |University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr. | La Jolla, CA 92093-0303
(858) 534 - 0221 | MC 0303 | YORK HALL 3150
From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
On Behalf Of Frankie Wood-Black
Sent: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 7:45 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Stools in Chemistry Laboratories
OK folks - it is time to ask the question as we just got new laboratories for one of our campus locations. In our chemistry labs at two of our campuses we have "laboratory pods" A bench with a sink in the middle and places for four individuals with under the pod stools. (Note in the new laboratory - the stools weren't the best choice and are now a tripping hazard, so that is a separate issue.)
But, what we are seeing more and more is that if the stools are available the students want to sit to do the experiments. Understanding of course that there are some that need this type of accommodation, but for most - sitting while doing the experiment is not necessary or desired.
So, I am asking the question - primarily to defend our stance, what is your opinion about stools in a general chemistry laboratory - we are talking introductory chemistry and general chemistry.
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