It’s hard to say, but there are still serious problems, according to people posting on reddit chemistry:
I mean these are supposed to be some of the brightest student chemists around, yet the attitude is really disappointing. Whenever I’ve called people out on it they typically say that they “know” what they are doing. The brazen attitude is really pathetic. I’ve heard other excuses like saying how it takes too long to put on lab coats. I’ve seen people refuse to evacuate during fire alarms to finish their columns. I’ve seen people eat while doing chemistry at their hoods.
Everything from “not caring about the equipment/techniques” like not bothering to fill the vac traps with liquid N2, setting up distillations with pressurized nitrogen instead of with a N2 bubbler, letting dishes become overwhelming before dealing with them, leaving wrappers out; to “legitimate dangerous practices” like using a low temp oil bath heated to 325C instead of a sand bath until the oil burned and blackened, dumping 20-30 g of sodium in ketyl stills because they don’t want to clean it, trying to throw away broken Hg thermometers in the trash.
I watched this girl work with god only knows what ligand and metal with gloves still on, proceed to pull out her iPhone and text her friends. Also headphones in lab, we bought a radio so you didn’t have to wear those and block out the world. What if an emergency comes up and I’m yelling for help but your in your own little world listening to music??
And some responses when Chemjobber tweeted about the discussion:
— Renée Webster (@reneewebs) December 15, 2013
— Science Isn't Scary (@sciencenotscary) December 15, 2013
— Srdjan Tufegdzic (@TufegdzicSrdjan) December 15, 2013
@Chemjobber Thankful my lab doesn't run this way! Outside people have made fun of my group for always wearing lab coats. It's crazy.
— LN (@ChemistLN) December 15, 2013
@Chemjobber People come into my lab with cups of coffee, wearing flip-flops, no lab coats, no gloves,wiping spills on their jeans. Terrible!
— Lau (@Lau__1985) December 15, 2013
— B. Haas (@belehaa) December 15, 2013