Paper notebooks have long been a mainstay of the research lab. And while it’s true that they are cheap, handy and convenient, they aren’t very efficient or durable. It takes a lot of time to write and transcribe data by hand, and relying on paper lab notebooks often results in […]
It’s hard to believe that last month marked the third anniversary of the West Fertilizer Company explosion. In some ways, it seems just like yesterday that the disaster dominated headlines. But enough time has passed that we’ve seen the passage of multiple bills seeking to prevent another deadly accident of […]
If you’ve taken a close look at your chemical inventory lately, then you may have noticed that recently received containers feature newly designed labels. In 2012, OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard to align with the UN’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. As part of the new guidance, the agency released a compliance schedule and in the time since, deadlines have been reached and passed.
Over three years have passed since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officially adopted the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). To help the transition, it set a series of compliance deadlines, all of which have since passed except for one. That final deadline comes up later this year on June 1, when everyone covered by OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard must be in full compliance with the new regulations.
According to the website of the Holacracy parent company, HolacracyOne,1 Holacracy is “a new way of running an organization that removes power from a management hierarchy and distributes it across clear roles, which can then be executed autonomously, without a micromanaging boss.” The Benefits and Challenges of Holacracy Despite the […]
Jim McCormick is a convicted con man who deceived national armies and police forces into purchasing his fake bomb detector, the ADE 651. McCormick claimed the detector worked by being especially sensitive to the “molecular frequency of explosives,”1 which would lead a telescopic radio aerial on the instrument to swing […]
Just when we thought the issues had finally been settled, laboratory safety in government facilities hits headlines once again. I’m not even talking about the mishaps that plagued the CDC last year. It turns out the conditions and attitudes that led to those incidents are pervasive in other facilities as […]
In a recent newspaper exposé about unsafe conditions within biosafety level 3 and 4 labs (the highest levels of containment against some of the most infectious agents), reporters comment, “Vials of bioterror bacteria have gone missing. Lab mice infected with deadly viruses have escaped, and wild rodents have been found making nests […]
For many, March 23, 2014, will forever mark the beginning of something terrible, specifically the deadliest Ebola outbreak since 1976. At that time, the international community could not have known that the first confirmed case of Ebola would eventually burgeon into over 11,160 deaths in six countries including Liberia, Guinea, Sierra […]
Two years ago, a fertilizer company in West, Texas, caught on fire. When firefighters attempted to put out the flames, the plant exploded. The accident killed and injured numerous people, as well as inflicted damage on surrounding properties. While the cause of the initial fire remains unknown, investigators say the […]