Zebras or Horses? How a False Sense of Security Can Lead to Lab Accidents

ACS Webinars

When you hear hoofbeats, do you think zebras or horses? Mary Beth Mulcahy of ACS Chemical Health & Safety and Sandia National Laboratories has spent her career looking at the chemical safety equivalents of horses, which create a false sense of security, and zebras, which get a lot of attention but can make people believe lab incidents are too rare to happen to them.

During this free broadcast, discover how both “zebras” and “horses” skew our perception of safety in the lab and how this perspective has shaped Dr. Mulcahy's vision for one of the American Chemical Society’s newest journals.

This ACS Webinar is moderated by Ralph Stuart of Keen State College and co-produced with ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety and ACS Committee on Chemical Safety.

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What You Will Learn

  • How to recognize the multiple contributing factors that lead to a laboratory accident
  • How a laboratory accident can impact a chemist’s career
  • What are ACS Chemical Health & Safety journal’s expectations for incident reports


Mary Beth Mulcahy
ACS Chemical Health & Safety
& Principal Member, 
Sandia National Laboratories

Ralph Stuart
Environmental Safety Manager,
Keene State College
& Past Chair,
ACS Committee on Chemical Safety

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