From: Marie H Ebersole <mebersol**At_Symbol_Here**WELLESLEY.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Glassware injury lesson learned report?
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:50:48 -0400
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I have work-study students who stock glassware in our chemistry teaching labs. One morning about 7 years ago a student was placing 1 liter beakers into a plastic tote. Apparently she missed actually putting the beaker into the tote and hit the front edge of the tote. The beaker shattered in her hand and as it fell sliced through her palm next to her thumb.. She lost quite a bit of blood and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Many stitches were required and then surgery when the wound did not heal properly. By far, the worst accident I have ever had happen to a student. Yes, I always use this as a case where an accident does not have to involve chemicals or any procedure that during an experiment.

On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 11:39 AM, Reeder, Debbie <dmreeder**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
Most of our injuries have occurred to hands when students are inserting or removing pipet fillers on volumetric pipets. They insert them so far that they get stuck and then the pipet breaks from the torque applied when they have one hand at the filler end and the other one near the tip when they try to pull it off.

Debbie Reeder
Chemistry Lab Manager

Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012

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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Stuart, Ralph
Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2015 11:26 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Glassware injury lesson learned report?

Does anyone have a relatively detailed favorite Lessons Learned report for a situation which involves significant cuts from broken glassware in a lab that doesn't involve over-pressurization of the vessel? I'm doing a training next week for undergraduate students and I'd like to make the point that it's not always the chemistry that creates the problem. The example I have in mind could involve hot glassware that breaks when someone tries to pick it up and drops it, but similar events would be helpful as well.

Thanks for any assistance with this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Keene State College



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Marie Ebersole
Chem Prep Room Manager
Wellesley College

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