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Lab Explosion Illustrates Importance of Proper Protective Gear

Jyllian Kemsley at Chemical & Engineering News conveys a safety alert, first reported 21 May, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, chemistry department concerning an explosion in one of its labs. The incident is reportedly under investigation; the alert (included in the linked article) provides a fairly technical account of the kind of research that was being done in the lab.

What’s important from our point of view is this: “Fortunately, because the researcher was wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and working in front of a sliding blast shield, only minor injuries resulted from the explosion,” the alert states.

Dangerous accidents are a reality of scientific experimentation, but it’s great to report this kind of news for a change.