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Laboratory Safety

Laboratory safety implements the priority of "safety first" through emphasis on experiment planning, including habitual attention to risk assessment and consideration of hazards for oneself, one's fellow workers, and the public.

A prudent attitude toward dealing with hazards in the laboratory is characterized by a determination to make every effort to be informed about risks and reduce them to a minimum while recognizing that the notion of ''zero risk" in laboratory operations is an impossible ideal. However, an accident-free workplace can be approached by setting a goal of zero incidents and zero excuses.

Links to the left are general guidelines for hazards found in the laboratory.  Training for laboratory personnel can be found under the training tab above.