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3 Unwritten Safety Rules Every Lab Should Follow

By | April 17th, 2021|

Many years ago, a woman purchased a cup of coffee in a restaurant drive-through. Not having a cup holder available in her car, she placed the cup between her legs to hold the coffee while [...]

From Ant-Men to Giant-Men

By | March 18th, 2021|

In January of 1962, Tales to Astonish #27, a comic book, featured a scientist who had created a special chemical. This chemical, when put in contact with an object, would shrink it! When the scientist [...]

Pandemic Fatigue: Feels Like Starting Over

By | February 20th, 2021|

In discussions with laboratory safety professionals across the country this year, some of the same safety issues seemed to crop up over and over. Lab staff are tired, they’re fatigued about dealing with COVID-19, and [...]

The Power of the Pause

By | January 24th, 2021|

The majority of laboratory injuries and exposures are preventable, and most of them occur because people are not paying close attention to the situation. They lose their situational awareness or were never paying attention to [...]

A New Year in Lab Safety

By | December 20th, 2020|

As we prepare to say good-bye and good riddance to the year 2020, we hesitatingly welcome 2021. What will the new year bring? Can it be worse than last year? Are we prepared to deal [...]

Becoming a “COVID Captain”

By | November 21st, 2020|

The year 2020 is roaring quickly to a close, and COVID-19 is (unfortunately) still around. We have made changes to our lives at home, in public, and at work. Healthcare workers, in particular, made several [...]

The Three Laws: Sharps Safety

By | October 24th, 2020|

In Isaac Asimov’s writings about science, he created “the three laws,” a set of rules designed by humans that robots must follow in that fictional society. Robots cannot harm human beings, they must obey humans [...]

Is it Worth the Risk Assessment?

By | September 19th, 2020|

As a safety professional, we know performing risk assessments is worth it- it is an integral piece of managing a safety program. Assessing risks and identifying hazards are considered the beginning steps that must be [...]

Laboratory Chemical Hygiene: A Quick Guide

By | August 22nd, 2020|

OSHA has once again published its list of its most-cited standards. This time, they discuss the 2019 heavy-hitters, and once again, chemical management issues top the list. Year after year organizations are fined for incomplete [...]

Foundational Facts of Lab Safety

By | July 22nd, 2020|

Things have changed drastically over the past several months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Many adjustments to how we work and live have been made and it has become difficult to separate fact from fiction. [...]

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