Harran still complying with proescution agreement in #SheriSangji case
May21

Harran still complying with proescution agreement in #SheriSangji case

Patrick Harran has a court date today to check in with a judge regarding his agreement with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. Harran was to pay a fine and complete community service in exchange for the DA eventually dropping charges of four felony violations of the state labor code. The case arose from a 2008 fire in his lab that led to the death of researcher Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji. Harran had paid the fine...

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Lab safety task force launched by Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities
May07

Lab safety task force launched by Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities

The Association of Public & Land Grant Universities (APLU) has established a Task Force on Laboratory Safety, which held its first face-to-face meeting in Washington, DC this week. The goal of the task force is to build on academic lab safety reports issued by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2012 and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 2014, says one of the task force’s chairs, Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for...

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Trial starts for Texas A&M University at Qatar fatality
Apr29

Trial starts for Texas A&M University at Qatar fatality

Nearly one year ago, Hassan Kamal Hussein died after an incident in an engineering lab at Texas A&M University at Qatar. Doha News now reports that a trial has started in the case. Some details from the Doha News story: Hussein is identified as a laboratory coordinator and he suffered fatal head and neck wounds in an explosion. He was using some sort of equipment that was being installed to produce gasoline (petrol) from natural...

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University of Utah chemistry fire
Apr28

University of Utah chemistry fire

Salt Lake City media reported a fire in the Henry Eyring Chemistry Building at the University of Utah on April 16. Here’s what chemistry department chair Cynthia Burrows emailed me about the incident last week: Things stored in one of those double-walled, yellow flammable cabinets went off unexpectedly at 10:45 AM. No one was in the room but many were nearby, and pulled the fire alarm when it was obvious that the flames were too...

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Teaching laboratory chemical safety
Apr02

Teaching laboratory chemical safety

A guest post by Ralph Stuart, secretary of the ACS Division of Chemical Health & Safety. Last week’s DCHAS symposium on Safety in Undergraduate Teaching included several interesting presentations on effective ways of teaching lab safety, particularly chemical risk assessment, for both undergraduates and incoming graduate students. It was heartening to hear about class safety efforts that went beyond a focus on personal protective...

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If you’re tempted to brush your teeth at the lab sink…
Mar18

If you’re tempted to brush your teeth at the lab sink…

Don’t. Just don’t. That goes double for PIs. I would really like to know why on earth this one thinks it’s a good idea.

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