Are You Familiar With the Hazards and Controls in Your Lab?

November 29, 2011

There are many hazards associated with working in a lab environment. These are usually mitigated via the use of engineering controls (e.g., fume hoods) and administrative procedures such as work plans (e.g., JHA’s, AHD’s, etc.). Unfortunately, sometimes serious accidents occur as discussed in a recent video entitled, “Experimenting with Danger” produced by the Chemical Safety Board. While these accidents happened at different institutions and were associated with unrelated research activities, they are connected in that rigorous hazard evaluation and control systems were lacking. This underscores the importance of integrating safety into your work. More>

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