Needle Stick Mindfulness & Infectious Agent Exposure

Summary A Postdoctoral Scholar was handling the blood of infectious agent exposed mice outside of a biosafety cabinet. While trying to expel blood from the syringe into an Eppendorf tube the blood apparently dried in the needle tip.  When the researcher exerted additional pressure to expel the blood. The needle disconnected and the tip of … Continued

Injury/Illness

Potential Release of Phosgene from Old Chloroform

Summary August 2020: A laboratory worker opened a bottle containing ~3L un-stabilized chloroform on the bench top. Upon opening, a noticeable vapor cloud was released from the bottle. Suspecting that the vapor cloud may be phosgene, the laboratory worker immediately closed the bottle and placed it in the chemical fume hood. Upon carefully reading the … Continued

Lab (Chem/Bio/Rad)