Hidden dangers in lab safety

  • Hidden dangers in lab safety
    April 8, 2019
    Karen Wetterhahn in lab

    An unforeseen catastrophe can occur due to the smallest accident. Such is the tragedy of chemist Karen Wetterhan, who spilled a drop of dimethylmercury on her latex glove in 1996. Karen followed safety protocols and thought nothing of the accident. She passed away after being diagnosed with mercury poisoning in 1997. Her story, among others, reminds us to continue the conversation about safety in labs. We find that it's important to be reminded of the unseen dangers in work environments so we put our efforts towards prevention. Please join us; together we can keep the conversation going and prevent tragedy.


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