From: "Kennedy, Sheila" <s1kennedy**At_Symbol_Here**UCSD.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Grassroots lab safety examples?
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:40:40 +0000
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Replacing mercury thermometers in Teaching Labs. The replacements (mostly alcohol filled) were expensive to purchase & not really as good, but good enough. Hours (& hour & hours…) of mercury cleanup saved, not to mention toxicity, loss of lab time…. For some classes, inexpensive solid state digital ones work fine.

 


Sheila M. Kennedy, C.H.O.

Safety Coordinator | Teaching Laboratories

Chemistry & Biochemistry |University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Dr. | La Jolla, CA  92093-0303

(858) 534 - 0221 | MC 0303

s1kennedy**At_Symbol_Here**ucsd.edu | Student Lab Safety, CHEM Teaching Labs


On Oct 10, 2017, at 2:49 PM, Stuart, Ralph <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**KEENE.EDU> wrote:

 

In a conversation with a colleague today, I was thinking of examples of lab situations in which lab workers "naturally" (i.e. without prompting from EHS offices) developed alternatives to the use of risky chemicals. Examples I came up with included the decrease of the routine use of benzene and Chromerge to wash glassware; and the development of nitric acid based microwave systems to replace boiling perchloric acid baths.

I wonder if there are other examples of such natural transitions that others on DCHAS-L can identify?

Thanks for any help with this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
603 358-2859

ralph.stuart**At_Symbol_Here**keene.edu

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