Process Safety Beacon mini-round-up
Jun30

Process Safety Beacon mini-round-up

I know that many blog readers like the chemical safety news round-ups, which went on hiatus for many months while I was busy with other things. I’m hoping to make a fresh start on those in a couple of weeks, after I return from vacation. This week my goal is to clean out my safety items folder, and as part of that I’m aiming to do a post a day with a few things each. Here we go with the first installment, AIChE’s...

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Feedback wanted for “Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students”
Jun12

Feedback wanted for “Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students”

The first textbook on laboratory safety, “Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students,” came out in 2010. Authors Robert H. Jill Jr. and David C. Finster are now working on a second edition and would welcome feedback on the text. Direct constructive comments and suggestions to...

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Free chemical health and safety journal articles
Oct30

Free chemical health and safety journal articles

The five most downloaded articles from the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety so far in 2013 are available for free until the end of the month. Which is tomorrow. In other words, if you’re interested in one, don’t procrastinate. College and university sector response to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board Texas Tech incident report and UCLA laboratory fatality “This report is a an update on the ongoing work by the U.S....

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UC expands its lab safety program
Aug29

UC expands its lab safety program

In this week’s issue of C&EN, I have a story on how the University of California is implementing and expanding upon the lab safety settlement agreement that UC made with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office last summer. In short, UC is taking the legal mandates for chemistry and biochemistry departments and expanding them to all research and teaching laboratories as well as to technical areas such as store...

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Lab safety videos on lab coats, eye protection, and eye washing
Aug14

Lab safety videos on lab coats, eye protection, and eye washing

Yes, I know, my last post was just videos, too. But people are doing some good ones! Behold a typically great video from the University of California, San Diego, on personal protective equipment: Eye and face protection and lab coats. From UC Berkeley, what happens when you neglect eye protection (at the end, though, even if his eyes are fine, I think that the acid on his head requires a...

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New lab safety video on personal protective equipment
Jun24

New lab safety video on personal protective equipment

Courtesy of University of California, San Diego, chemistry lecturer Haim Weizman, here is a new video on personal protective equipment–mostly lab coats, with a nod to eye protection. So far, two complaints have cropped up on the Division of Chemical Health & Safety e-mail list about the video. One is that it shows safety glasses rather than splash goggles. I agree that goggles would be a better choice, especially when part...

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