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Exposure in Labs (help)

Leslie Kay lmk2 at garnet.berkeley.edu
Sat Jun 18 19:24:34 EST 1994

In article <wgallin.1122344433A at NEWS.SRV.UALBERTA.CA>,
Warren Gallin <wgallin at gpu.srv.ualberta.ca> wrote:
>occupational health and safety office.  It is possible to use the materials
>and equipment in a molecular biology lab in a safe manner, but it requires
>knowledge on the part of everyone in the lab and committment from the lab
>head to run a safe operation.  You should not settle for anything less, in
>my humble opinion.

Back in my first year of grad school I worked in a molecular biology
lab with large bins of radiation waste clearly labelled.  The only problem
was that one had to lean over them and climb on them to get and use 
instruments on a regular
(5-6 times/day) basis.  I never did talk to the lab supervisor about this,
but it did contribute to my leaving the lab and ultimately molecular
biology (only a small amount, but it was disturbing).  Have people had
any ill effects either with working with radioactive laboratory materials
or with pointing out dangerous storage situations to their superiors?
Just curious.
(Oh, and it turns out I found a lab much more suited to my interests.)

Leslie Kay
lmk2 at garnet.berkeley.edu

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