Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2009 14:48:00 -0400
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Subject: Lab Notebooks with risk assessment page

An interesting piece from the article that Debbis pointed out...

- Ralph

In an article in C&EN today (see: ) there is a link to an
Imperial College London form titled "Reaction Risk Assessment  
Form" (see:

Towards the end of the linked article above, one reads:

The end result for academic chemistry research in the U.K. was that risk
assessments have become an integral part of experiments. The assessments
don=92t apply just to chemical reactions but also to equipment such as  

The initial assessments were =93much like some kind of legal record  
where if we
got sued we could say we=92d done this,=94 Welton says, but the 
evolved over the years into a simple table that is printed on one side  

of every
page spread in his department=92s lab notebooks=97risk assessment on the 
experimental notes on the right. =93Twenty years ago, it was very much  

about a
legal defense should it be necessary,=94 Welton says. =93Now it is about 
the person engage in the risk management of what they=92re doing.=94

Chemistry students in the U.K. start doing risk assessments in their  
very first
undergraduate lab, so the process is second nature by the time they  
get their
bachelor=92s degree, Welton says. He adds that the training is critical  

not just
from a safety perspective, but also for future employment. =93If we  
don=92t train
students in risk management and safety procedures, then we=92re not  
them for employment in modern industry,=94 Welton says. =93If we want  

to turn up in a job and be productive, they can=92t do that if they=92re 
not safety

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