From: Edward Movitz <movitz**At_Symbol_Here**OLEMISS.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Source of the OSHA statement
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:31:15 +0000
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I think the origin of the statement comes from  The Scientist, "the magazine for life science professionals"

Chemical Lab Safety Problems Spawn New Laws, Practices

By Rebecca Andrews |

February 18, 1991

Lessons From Industry

Kaufman, who has directed the Lab Safety Workshop for the last 10 years, says that academia has a lot to learn about safety. "My data suggests that schools and colleges have an accident rate 10 to 100 times greater than the chemical industry average," he says. Recently, however, Kaufman says that academia's interest in safety has risen sharply. Much of this interest is due to the new "laboratory standard," a regulation (29 CFR 1910.1450) enacted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last year. The standard went into effect May 1, 1990.


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Sent: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 7:08 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Source of the OSHA statement
Hi everybody, 

ok I have been trying to find the original source for the following statement:

"...Occupational Safety & Health Administration statistics demonstrate that researchers are 11 times more likely to get hurt in an academic lab than in an industrial lab."

I have seen this statement referenced many times in articles.   In fact in one of the articles I read it was said to be quote from an interview.  Sometimes it is referenced, and then when I track down the reference, it just refers to another article that uses the exact same wording, without a reference.  No matter who said it first...where is the research?  Where are the statistics?  Where is the report?  What journal do I find it in?

Thanks everybody, just trying to track down the paper, or the OSHA stats or what have you.  I want to USE that information in a report I am working on, but I want a real reference to go by.

Mel Charlton-Smith

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