Tales of Lab Safety: How to Avoid Rookie Accidents
October 20, 2015 @ 7:00pm
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.
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
Flyers & Handouts
Resources for Lab Safety
- BioNetwork NC Community Colleges Zombie College: The 5 Rules of Lab Safety. With Zombie College, lab safety training comes to life!
- Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Independent federal agency investigating chemical accidents to protect workers, the public, and the environment
- “Experimenting with Danger” CSB Video investigating the hazards associated with conducting research at chemical laboratories in academic institutions
- CSB Case Study Texas Tech University laboratory explosion investigation and findings
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Main federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety and health legislation
- The Safety Zone by C&EN Forum for exchange and discussion of lab and plant safety and accident information
- ACS Committee on Chemical Safety Promotes and facilitates safe practices in chemical activities
- ACS Division of Chemical Health & Safety Information and resources for students, educators, and industry
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.
The Fine Print
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