How does one evaluate the regulation of safe working practices in a scientific workplace?
The safe working practices in a scientific workplace are governed by various agencies, including (but not limited to) NIOSH, OSHA, etc. These have been formulated to protect the health and well-being of all the people who are working in such settings. The safety precautions vary from workplace to workplace, depending on the type of work being conducted. Many of these regulations are common sense, such as proper labeling of all the chemicals, no beverages (including water) in the work area, close-toed shoes (esp. while working in a lab with glassware), protective glasses and coats (and other PPEs, such as shoe cover, depending on the need), well-labeled inventory, user manuals, adequate showers & eye-washes, emergency signs and emergency exits, etc. All such regulations have been formulated to safeguard the users, as each year we hear the unfortunate news of some lab accidents where user/s die. All the people working in such environments should thus be well-trained and made aware of such regulations.
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