Mentoring for lab safety
Jun10

Mentoring for lab safety

From this week’s issue of C&EN: Chemistry Professors Promote Lab Safety When it comes to training students and postdoctoral researchers to work safely in academic laboratories, it is hard to overemphasize the importance of the head of the lab—the principal investigator (PI). “The PI sets the tone for how a lab is going to act and operate,” says Dominick J. Casadonte Jr., a chemistry professor at Texas Tech University. “If...

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Protecting yourself in the line of fire
May27

Protecting yourself in the line of fire

Contributed by Dow Lab Safety Academy Ever held a cup while pouring hot coffee into it? Or held a nail for someone else wielding a hammer? In both instances, you’re putting yourself in the line of fire. If something goes wrong, injury could result. We do lots of things in our daily lives that could result in injury, but don’t. So we can become complacent and don’t even think twice about certain tasks. But being in the line of fire,...

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Three ways to become a great safety mentor
Apr29

Three ways to become a great safety mentor

Contributed by Dow Lab Safety Academy If you ask top athletes what has been most influential to their success, most will probably mention a great coach. That’s because coaches teach, guide, encourage, and challenge players to meet important goals – both in the game and in players’ lives. That same type of relationship improves safety in the lab. Safety requires a combination of education, common sense, and vigilance. Mentors can make...

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Boost your lab ergonomics IQ
Mar31

Boost your lab ergonomics IQ

Contributed by Dow Lab Safety Academy When people talk about ergonomic issues, they often refer to things like carpal tunnel syndrome from sitting at a desk and typing. But there are also ergonomic risks associated with working in a laboratory. If you know what they are, you can take steps to minimize stress on your body and avoid injuries. Here are four ways to improve your lab ergonomics. 1. Start with proper attire. Shoes matter,...

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How McKinsey makes training mandatory
Jan13

How McKinsey makes training mandatory

From a New York Times profile of McKinsey & Co. CEO Dominic Barton and his efforts to change the company’s rules and culture regarding personal investment after insider trading scandals: At McKinsey’s London office last fall, a recently hired associate sat at a computer for an orientation session. The associate worked at McKinsey as a business analyst several years earlier and then left the firm for a nongovernmental...

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Assessing changes in lab safety culture
Dec18

Assessing changes in lab safety culture

Following the lab safety anecdotes that I posted on Monday, there was some discussion on Twitter regarding how to evaluate whether or not academic lab safety culture is changing. The answer seems to be that it’s hard and developing good metrics will take time. [View the story “Assessing changes in lab safety culture” on...

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