Hazardous and toxic chemicals have been featured in news reports lately. In one case, a veteran chemistry teacher experienced an explosion during a demonstration in the laboratory. Another case, which was the result of a prank, sent several students to the hospital from exposure to an unknown chemical.
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) has recently updated its campus hazard communication program to be in line with the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Program. The Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to provide information regarding chemicals in the workplace. Information can be found in the form of container labels and Safety Data Sheets. The recent update also pulls the UNH program in line with the requirements of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Hazardous Chemicals.
Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in academic research laboratories say that they witness and experience fewer accidents and injuries when the lab's lead faculty member or supervisor is actively engaged in safety programs, according to a UCLA study.
Compliance with requirements for wearing lab coats, eye protection and other personal protective equipment also correlates strongly with the active involvement of the principal investigator, according to the research.
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