“Laboratory Safety Guidelines” were written while Dr. James Kaufman worked for the Dow Chemical Company in an attempt to share with schools, colleges, and universities what he was learning about lab safety. In 1976, Dow sent copies to 2,000 colleges and university chemistry departments and received requests for 250,000 reprints!
In 1986, Dr. Kaufman assisted Dow with a revision of the guidelines. Dow sent this version to 10,000 high schools. Since then, over two million copies have been distributed and reprinted in various forms.
Last year, we revised the guidelines for Fisher Safety to make a new, four-color “Laboratory Safety Guidelines” poster. Twenty thousand copies are being distributed. Other versions have been produced with the help of Carolina Biological Supply and Fisher Science Education.
The Laboratory Safety Institute offers these suggestions for improving laboratory safety because we believe that having an understanding of inherent hazards and learning how to be safer and healthier should be an integral and important part of science education, work, and life.