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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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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