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Policies/Information - Children and Pets in University of Maine Laboratories and Workshops Policy

Access to University laboratories, workshops, kitchens and other work areas housing hazardous materials or machinery is limited to University of Maine employees and students, or other persons on official business.

By law, students under the age of 18, who work in laboratories or hazardous work areas are prohibited from working on or with machinery which has moving parts. Minors under the age of 14 may not be employed by the University in any non-agricultural position or under the age of 12 in an agricultural job.

Other persons, not directly associated with the University, in particular minor children, are not permitted in hazardous laboratories or work areas, with the exception of University-sponsored tours and visits. In these instances, careful supervision must be exercised by laboratory manager or work area supervisor. Permission for visitation, demonstration or other activities must be obtained from the sponsoring department chair, unit director, or responsible safety coordinator.

Steps should be taken to ensure that those entering any of these hazardous work areas are adequately protected from hazards and informed about the safety and emergency procedures relevant to their activities.

Pets are prohibited from the above hazardous work areas, as well. Working animals (such as seeing eye dogs) are exempted from this policy.

University officials have the authority to ask that children and pets are removed from the hazardous work areas, should it be deemed inappropriate for them to remain.

Persons violating this policy are subject to the University of Maine Environmental Health and Safety Policies Disciplinary Action and appropriate civil laws and penalties.

For further information and a copy of the Environmental Health and Safety Policies, call the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 581-4055.

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Office of Human Resources
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207)581-1581E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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