I am working on my dissertation and I’m trying to locate the injury rate in academic labs as compared to industrial labs. I have fact-checked the statement about “researchers are 11 times more likely to get hurt in academic labs than in an industrial lab” and have questioned the accuracy of that statement. I have since seen this statistic perpetuated in recent safety articles and reports about lab safety but no reference exists for the statistic..
I have not found Bureau of Labor Statistics data regarding injuries in academic labs. If there was, it would not include most public academic labs, nor would it include non-employee (student) injuries in labs. The closest data I have found is incidence rates for colleges, universities and professional schools- which includes all employees that works at a university. Furthermore, I have not been able to find the injury rate for “industrial” labs. There are rates for chemical manufacturing but that would include everyone that works at a chemical manufacturer (not just labs).
If someone knows where I can access academic/industrial laboratory injury rate data, let me know.
Dennis Nolan, MPH, MS, CBSP CCHO
Environmental Health and Safety
The University of Texas at Austin
304 East 24th Street Ste 221
Austin, TX 78712
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