Chemical Safety: Experimenting with Danger

Chemical accidents in academic laboratories do happen and often simple measures such as wearing appropriate personal protective equipment or reviewing of Safety Data Sheets could have made all the difference in either preventing the accident entirely or at least lessening its impact.

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is an independent federal agency charged with investigating chemical accidents. In a 20-minute video, “Experimenting with Danger,” the CSB explores three case studies of accidents within the academic laboratory at UCLA, Dartmouth, & Texas Tech, and details the simple oversights that led to each accident, as well as important lessons to be learned.

The video is an effective reminder of how quickly and unexpectedly laboratory research can go wrong. Click here to watch the video. Please share with your follow researchers and laboratory personnel.