The Foundations of Laboratory Safety

The Foundations of Laboratory Safety

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Safety is a word that has many connotations, of risk ofa possible accident that is acceptable conjuring up different meanings to different to one personAm may not be acceptable to an people. What is safety? A scientist views safety other. This may be one reason why skydiving as a consideration in the design of an exper and mountain climbing are sports that are not iment. A manufacturing plant engineer looks as popular as are, say, boating or skiing. on safety as one of the necessary factors in But even activities that have high levels of developing a manufacturing process. A legis potential risk can be engaged in safely. How lator is likely to see safety as an important part can we minimize risks so that they decrease of an environmental law. A governmental ad to acceptable levels? We can do this by iden ministrator may consider various safety issues tifying sources of hazards and by assessing the when reviewing the environmental conse risks of accidents inherent to these hazards. quences of a proposed project. An attorney Most hazards that are faced in the laboratory may base a negligence suit on safety defects.But is that really what circuit breakers and ground fault interrupt devices do? Yes ... This is because the purpose of the circuit breaker is not to protect people from the hazards of electrical shock, but rather the circuit ... Therefore, the way that circuit breakers operate results in their personal safety shortcomings for the following reason: Both types of circuit ... If that current travels through a wire, the excess heat buildup before the breaker a€œtripsa€ can be dissipated in an electrical arc, whichanbsp;...

Title:The Foundations of Laboratory Safety
Author:Stephen R. Rayburn
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-12-06


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