From: "Skarda, Jay" <SkardaJ**At_Symbol_Here**NJHEALTH.ORG>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Eating and Drinking in Laboratories
Date: December 5, 2012 5:45:52 PM EST
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From my experience, I am guessing that the reason for this query is that someone replied, "Why", when told not to do so.  (Kinda like when we tell small children not to do something, and they reply "why"=3F, and we say because I said so).  But, these being adults, who push back on that answer, the safety person is then on the spot.  Being the results-oriented sort of people that we are, we try to come up with proof why it is a bad practice.  I asked this very question to one of our occupational medicine doctors about 10 years ago.  He said he'd never heard of any sort of data on something like this.  So I just fell back to the old standby, "Prudent Practices in the Laboratory".   It's in there.

Jay Skarda
Director of Safety 
National Jewish Health


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Miriam Weil
Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2012 1:16 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Eating and Drinking in Laboratories

Does anyone know where I could find statistical (not anecdotal) data on illness or injuries related to eating and drinking in laboratories=3F

Miriam W. Weil, MPH, ScD

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