I spent some time this morning updating my list of lab safety incidents so far this year. Although the list is undoubtedly not comprehensive, it would appear that September and October were not good months for lab safety. I’d be curious to know if there’s always a spike in the fall as new students arrive on campuses.
The ACS Division of Chemical Health & Safety has added presentations from the NorthEast Regional Meetings, held in Hartford, Conn., this month to its technical archives. Included are presentations on:
- Chemical Safety Levels as part of risk assessment by Ralph Stuart of the University of Vermont,
- Transferring Air-Sensitive Reagents by Mark Potyen of Sigma Aldrich,
- When the Chemistry Department and EHS Journey Down the Same Road Together by N. Gail Hall of Boston College, and
- Update on Prudent Practices in the Laboratory by Peter Reinhardt of Yale University.
DCHAS also has presentations up from the ACS National Meeting in August.
Last but not least, a terrific video from the University of California, Berkeley, team the Sounds of Science, this time on lab safety. One complaint is that the song lyrics say “Goggles are a must,” but the singer dons glasses. Safety experts say go for the goggles.