Way back in the 50's when I was a lab assistant, the major injury for the freshmen chemistry students was an injury to the hand. It happened when a glass tube was inserted through a rubber stopper. They would push wrongly and het a severe gash when the tube broke. Usually they didn"t have a protector or were pushing on the end rather than on the tube itlelf from the side.
I have burned my fingers on hot glassware, but fortunately no drops or significant burns.
Ken Smith, retired, former CIH
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**med.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Stuart, Ralph
Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2015 8:26 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 Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Keene State College
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