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The Connection Between Quality and Lab Safety

Imagine two laboratory technicians, one fresh out of grad school and one who’s been working in the lab for years.

The new grad is highly conscientious and detail-oriented when it comes to safety—always has her hair tied back, never wears open-toed shoes. She reads the safety data sheet (SDS) before using chemicals and leaves the fume hood tidy, even putting away volatile chemicals left behind by others.

The experienced lab tech, however, has grown lax after working in the facility for several years. He’s the funny guy, the one who likes to scare newbies with small explosions made by throwing small amounts of catalyst into water. One time the washroom caught on fire because he improperly disposed of leftover acetone, but small lab fires aren’t unheard of.

Now ask yourself honestly—which one of these technicians do you think keeps better records? Who is more likely to identify an out-of-specification/out-of-trend (OOS/OOT) incident or notice a lab  equipment maintenance/calibration issue? And most importantly, who is going to consistently produce the higher quality product?

The answer is simple—it’s the person with the safety mindset.

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Thu, Jan 19, 2017
   
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