Accidents Happen

Accidents Happen

Minor accidents occur in laboratories every day. Major accidents may be less frequent, but their impact resonates for weeks, months, or even years. The chance of an accident occurring can be reduced or even prevented if you take the time to follow your laboratories safety rules.

For an excellent overview of the hazards associated with conducting research at chemical laboratories in academic institutions, take a look at the video produced by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, "Experimenting with Danger." Three tragic lab accidents and the circumstances contributng to their occurrence are described.