The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a new safety video on the potential hazards associated with conducting research at chemical laboratories in academic institutions.
The video notes that the CSB has collected preliminary data on 120 explosions, fires, and chemical releases at university laboratories and other research facilities that occurred around the country since 2001, causing deaths, serious injuries, and extensive property damage.
Laboratory work on academic circles tends to be a highly competitive, highly motivated environment with little to no oversight. Most students and lab researchers have almost no training on safety protection and that, while protective equipment is available most lab workers do not use it or if they do, they do not use it properly.
I’ll let the video tell the rest of the story. Check it out “Experimenting with Danger“