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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Washington – The Department of Health and Human Services has added four substances to its list of cancer hazards, according to the agency's 13th Report on Carcinogens.
One of those substances – ortho-toluidine, which is used to make rubber chemicals, pesticides and dyes – has been listed as a known human carcinogen. Three others have been added as "reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens," including:
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