incident at UCLA that led to the death of Sheharbano Sangji.
In reading various other blog posts and comments (here, here, here, here, here, and here, to start) about Sangji's death, one thing has struck me: No one in academia seems to interact much with their EH&S departments, whether to get safety input or to dispose of chemicals.
Now, I know that I didn't see or hear much from EH&S during my grad student years, but the most dangerous thing I handled was probably liquid helium. The risks were pretty obvious. What about the rest of you? The university EH&S people I've spoken with recently sound like they'd be more than happy to work with people in campus labs to solve whatever issues come up. So why aren't you talking with them?
You can respond here if you like or e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be helpful for me to hear about specific institutions.
Image: The aftermath of a 2005 fire at Ohio State University that we ran with Using Accidents to Educate.
I'm curious, folks. I've been reporting on a couple of stories lately that involve university EH&S departments. One of the stories, of course, was the