Tales of Lab Safety: How to Avoid Rookie Accidents

October 20, 2015 @ 7:00pm

Bottle labeled rookie lab mistakes

There is a learning curve with everything, but mistakes made in the lab can ruin your research and cause dangerous accidents. A lab fire at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2008 led to the death of researcher Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji, shocking the chemistry and laboratory safety communities. Details of the incident and its cultural and legal aftermath will be discussed, along with other recent notable chemistry lab incidents and their common themes.


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What You Will Learn

  • What lab incidents have happened recently
  • What common factors underlie those incidents
  • What are some of the resources available to help people work safely

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Resources for Lab Safety

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ACS Program-in-a-Box greatly acknowledges support from Dr. Diane Grob Schmidt, 2015 ACS President, and financial sponsorship from P&G.

Financial assistance was also provided by the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety and the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety.

Diane Grob Schmidt
ACS Immediate Past President

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Mary Beth Mulcahy
Chemical Safety Board

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