Although chemicals are vital to laboratory operations, they can be hazardous to the nearby community if they are not handled properly. The state of Massachusetts understands how dangerous chemicals can be and are implementing new fire code regulations next year in order to reduce the risk of accidents, like the […]

I recently attended a meeting with an interesting novelty clock designed to keep meetings short and productive. The clock required two inputs, one for the average hourly rate and one for the number of people in attendance. It then used this information to calculate the cost of the meeting as the […]

Earlier this year, a chemistry experiment in a Manhattan high school classroom went horribly wrong. The experiment, known as the Rainbow, uses methanol as an accelerant to burn dishes of various minerals. However, during this particular incident, it appears that flammable vapors from the methane were dispersed throughout the room […]

Some people appreciate rules and the structure they provide. Others like rules for other people, but not necessarily themselves. But no matter where you sit on the issue, one thing is for certain: rules governing the management of hazardous chemicals are here to stay and are only going to get […]

Although most lab managers recognize the importance of tracking chemical inventory, many are satisfied that this tracking is done well enough with spreadsheets. They do not feel that a digital chemical inventory system would add any more value to the inventory management process. Personally, I think these individuals are missing […]