Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 10:20:47 -0500
Reply-To: Paul Weller <wellerp**At_Symbol_Here**ELON.EDU>
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From: Paul Weller <wellerp**At_Symbol_Here**ELON.EDU>
Subject: Laboratory Risk Statement
While agree with the judicial based prudence that Don's comments
suggest, I question how realistic these endeavors are. If we teach the
students how to read and understand a MSDS once (and maybe test them),
do we have the time to do this every week?  If we only supply reagent
bottles with original labels to the students, do we purchase 100 mL
bottles of acid rather than 2.5L bottles?  Do we stop making 3M acid
solutions because we cannot purchase them from a supplier and cannot
provide a bottle with an original label?


Based on the training I received at the LSI safety training, you cannot
eliminate jury awards for incidents which lead to judicial litigation.
However, if you can show a pattern of following the accepted practices,
such as those found in the ACS Safety in Academic Laboratories and
Prudent Practices, you may be able to reduce the amount of such an


What do ya'll think?  How much time can anyone spend covering their
collective hides at the expense of their primary mission?  Should we
spend the time working on any of the accepted practices that have not
been examined an implemented?

Paul Weller
Science Laboratory Manager-Chemistry
Elon University



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