Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 16:37:45 -0700
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Subject: Serious Lab Incidents
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Comments: cc: j_kemsley**At_Symbol_Here**
This is being cross-posted to SAFETY and CHAS.
I am assisting Jyllian Kemsley, a reporter with Chemical and Engineering News on gathering information related to serious lab incidents; those in which one or more injuries or significant property damage resulted.  This is a direct outgrowth of  her investigations of the UCLA fatality in January.  I am confident that many of you have read her reports in C&EN.  The following questions are laid out to prompt discussion and information input.  While you are certainly invited to post to these LISTS, you also can contact Jyllian or me directly (see below). 
Here are some issues for consideration and comments:

1. Has anyone got any statistics on research lab accidents in industry or academia, or alternative suggestions for how to benchmark an individual or lab group safety record?

2. Given a situation similar to what reportedly happened at UCLA, would anyone be willing to comment on specifically how a supervisor might have been penalized in industry?

3. Does anyone know of a situation in which a faculty member was sanctioned as a result of a lab safety incident?

People can respond to me directly at j_kemsley**At_Symbol_Here** or 925-485-1034.

Thank you in advance.  I look forward to some provacative and illuminating comments.

Neal Langerman

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