There are also many organizations available that do the same. They are dedicated to support safe work and lab environments, and can offer extensive assistance to make sure your lab functions at the safest level possible. Below are four such resources to keep in mind.
This governmental organization is certainly the most well-known. Created in 1970 “to prevent workers from being killed or seriously harmed at work,” OSHA oversees the reporting process when someone gets hurt and provides lots of helpful resources to prevent such occurrences from happening in the first place.
Its stated goal is “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance,” and the OSHA website is full of information relating to both employer responsibilities and employee rights.
This is the best place to start with questions you might have about ensuring lab safety for all your staff.
Here’s an organization dedicated to the more specific needs of researchers when it comes to lab safety. Like the labs it supports through its work, AIHA takes a scientific approach and is dedicated to “creating knowledge to protect worker health.”
AIHA uses a proactive approach, anticipating the health and safety concerns that can arise in workplace situations and designing appropriate solutions. Paying attention to everything from gas and vapor detection to risk assessment strategies, this organization has assembled more than 40 volunteer scientific and technical committees, task forces, and working groups to address any lab safety issues that could arise.
It should come as no surprise that the research industry has its own dedicated lab safety organization. Founded in 1978 to provide safety training for secondary school science teachers, LSI is today an international nonprofit center for health and safety that has trained over 100,000 professionals in the education, government, and industrial sectors.
Providing safety training, audits, inspections, and consultation services, these are the go-to people for training your team on safe practices or learning about the latest innovations in lab safety.
LSI’s concise courses cover everything from radiation and biosafety to lab waste management and becoming a more effective chemical hygiene officer, and the classes are offered throughout the country, as well as via live webinars.
If your research involves any work with chemistry—and just about everyone’s does, at some level—you need to know about the resources available through the ACS. This “congressionally chartered independent membership organization” represents professionals in all the sciences that involve chemistry.
Operating as a nonprofit organization, the ACS publishes 47 scientific journals and databases, convenes research conferences, and is a clearinghouse for educational and science policy programs in chemistry.
It also funds research grants worth over $22 million every year, the results of which are accessed via 83 million journal article downloads—many of which involve topics related to lab safety.
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