A David Letterman Approach to Lab Safety

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A David Letterman Approach to Lab Safety

Postby mdfenko » Jul 19 2010 8:32 am

A David Letterman Approach to Lab Safety



10. There are no approved laboratory safety sandals yet.

9. Extra goggles may be issued to laboratory personnel who feel they need additional eye protection on the tops of their heads.

8. Young women must wear long pants to prevent distracting male laboratory personnel.

7. Sitting on the lab bench may cause you to get another acid hole.

6. To prevent pressure surges in laboratory tubing, remember: The flow is from the male connector.

5. When assisting someone at the emergency eyewash, don’t worry about messing up the hair.

4. Hot glassware looks like cold glassware.

3. Sometimes lab coats get hot; get used to it; life’s not fair.

2. Sometimes chemicals stink; that’s the way it is; that’s what fume hoods are for.

1. HCN smells like almonds- that’s what I heard, trust me on this one.


Eric Clark, MS, CCHO, CHMM
Safety and Compliance Officer
Los Angeles County
Public Health Laboratory
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Re: A David Letterman Approach to Lab Safety

Postby relaxin » Jul 20 2010 11:58 am

Eating roasted almonds and almond cookies in the lab is banned to prevent unnecessary death resulted from stampede at the exit door.
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