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Safe science is good science

Monday, September 22, 2014 — Poster Session I

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

FAES Academic Center



* FARE Award Winner


  • R. Augustin
  • M. G. Shue


Safety in the research laboratory is important to prevent unnecessary injuries and/or property damage, but it also contributes to the integrity of the science being conducted. Prudent laboratory practices ensure the work is conducted in an efficient manner with low probability for contamination. This poster will discuss some unsafe practices commonly observed by members of the Division of Occupational Health and Safety in registered laboratories at NIH during routine laboratory surveys. Information will be included as to why the practice is unsafe and how it should be corrected to optimize both safety and science. The specific topics examined in the poster will include work areas such as the laboratory bench, chemical fume hood, and biological safety cabinet. The importance of auxiliary equipment will also be emphasized, including flammable cabinets, eyewash stations, waste containers, and personal protective equipment. Important points will be summarized in safety tips that the laboratorian can easily implement for a safer and more efficient laboratory.

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