Lab Safety Posters in the Bathroom?

Lab Safety Posters in the Bathroom?

You have some great lab safety posters laminated and mounted strategically around the lab. Great! Problem is, after a few months, people get used to seeing them and don't notice them anymore. Your shiny new posters might as well be wallpaper. Here's an idea you may...

Safety Fail: EHS Lessons Learned From Sam the Safety Clown

Safety Fail: EHS Lessons Learned From Sam the Safety Clown

In 1998, a small group of field techs were collecting groundwater samples in the wilderness area near the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Colorado when they were surprised by a pickup truck tearing through the field toward them, leaving behind a cloud of...

Halloween Science Demonstration Goes Wrong, Burns Teacher

Halloween Science Demonstration Goes Wrong, Burns Teacher

A high school science teacher in Duluth, Georgia, wanted to show her class an attention-getting demonstration for Halloween involving gas vapor, a pumpkin and a flame. But things did not go as intended. Students watched as flames surrounded their teacher's face,...

Should Your Chemical Hygiene Plan Lose Weight?

Should Your Chemical Hygiene Plan Lose Weight?

As the years went by, what started as a skinny 25-40 page document has gradually bloated to over 150 pages before anyone realized it. Let's face it: your chemical hygiene plan (CHP) is overweight. And the problem isn't just cosmetic. When many people see a policy...

Chemical Companies Operating Under the Radar

Chemical Companies Operating Under the Radar

Photo: Associated Press On March 15, an explosion at a Tri-Chem Industries chemical plant in Cresson, Texas left one person dead and two injured. Days later, hazardous chemicals were still burning. What chemicals exactly have burned into the air since the explosion?...

How Do You Convince People to Care?

How Do You Convince People to Care?

Apparently, not dying isn't enough to convince people to care about their own safety. Believe me, it's not. For 40 years, I've been trying. Still, in every country, in every lab I visit, I find health and safety personnel struggling with the same question: How do you...

Marie Curie: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Marie Curie: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Marie Curie is famous for her ground-breaking work on radioactivity, which is also what killed her. Curie died of aplastic anemia, believed to be caused by prolonged exposure to radiation. Usually, we write it off as "back then, nobody understood the dangers of...