If your laboratory uses and stores chemicals on site, then you probably understand how frustrating chemical regulation compliance can be. Depending upon the type of chemicals your lab uses, you may have to report information to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state regulators, first responders and, in some cases, private […]

It seems like time just flies by. In 2012 (which seems like only yesterday), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted the Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom), a regulation that changed the content and distribution of material safety data sheets. However, to allow companies sufficient time to become compliant with […]

In 1877, Charles Sanders Peirce wrote an article called “The Fixation of Belief” in which he characterized the scientific method as “the method wherein inquiry regards itself as fallible and purposely tests itself and criticizes, corrects and improves itself.” In this paper, he outlined the basic idea of the scientific […]

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 […]

Although everyone appreciates the important role the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plays in keeping our work environment safe, nobody actually likes a visit from an OSHA inspector. Even if a workplace has a sterling record of occupational safety, there are no guarantees that an inspector will not discover […]

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