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Don’t be a Lazy Investigator

Don’t be a Lazy Investigator

The “root cause” of an incident is the fundamental reason why an incident occurred. If the root cause would have been eliminated, the incident would not have happened. I’ve been involved in numerous incident investigations throughout my career. During the last few...

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Fight Like You Train

Fight Like You Train

“Train like you fight; fight like you train.” I remember those words from a Master Chief Petty Officer in 1986 at Damage Control School in Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. They mean “practice – a lot.” There’s something to be said about a team working together like a...

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Safety: More Than Compliance

There are many organizations that are compliance driven. They think that if they are compliant with OSHA regulations then their organizations are working safely. This thinking is not necessarily true. Don’t misunderstand me. Compliance with regulations is important,...

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GHS and Laboratory Chemical Labels

GHS and Laboratory Chemical Labels

I get the question at just about every workshop: “Do I have to put GHS-type labels on all of my in-use chemicals – even the 10 mL dropper bottles? The short answer is, “No,” provided that you are operating under the OSHA’s Laboratory Standard, 29CFR1910.1450. There...

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Rethink Respirators In Learning Facilities

Rethink Respirators In Learning Facilities

There is occasional chatter on safety listservs regarding the use of respirators in academic laboratory work.  Students don’t like the smell of organic chemistry lab work, and respirators are an easy fix, right?  Not so fast…. Barring the necessity of making...

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