33 No. 2
Chemical Laboratory Safety and Security: A Guide to Prudent Chemical Management
National Research Council, U.S. National Academies
Good safety and security procedures can lead to greater productivity, efficiency, savings, and, most importantly, greater sophistication and cooperation in the chemical laboratory. Yet improvement of safety and security is often mistakenly seen as inhibitory, because of poor understanding of safety and security procedures, cultural barriers, lack of skills, or financial constraints.
In conjunction with the U.S. Chemical Security Program and the U.S. State Department, the U.S. National Research Council has developed educational materials on laboratory safety and security based on two reports, Prudent Practices in the Laboratory and Promoting Chemical Laboratory Safety and Security in Developing Countries. These new materials include the reference book Chemical Laboratory Safety and Security: A Guide to Prudent Chemical Management, appendix material on CD, and the following “toolkit”:
- an instructor’s guide, with a total of 10 lessons, for laboratory managers, staff, and students
- a brochure on essential aspects of laboratory safety and security for institutional leaders
- a quick guide on prudent chemical management for laboratory supervisors and managers
The purpose of Chemical Laboratory Safety and Security: A Guide to Prudent Chemical Management and its accompanying toolkit is to assist chemists in developing countries to overcome the barriers they face and to increase the level of safety and security in their labs through improved chemicals management and the best laboratory practices possible. These educational materials are intended both as a key reference on chemical laboratory safety and security and as a guide for laboratory managers in training other lab managers, staff, and students in developing countries.
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