Friday, September 25, 2015

A change in PPE policy may be needed?

Nice lab glasses there. (is this actually Novartis? could be Dana Farber?)

UPDATE: I should say this: best wishes for success to Dr. Bradner and NIBR. 

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  1. Is that actually a lab hood they are writing on though? Seems it could also be a glass wall.

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  2. He's probably wearing his safety contact lenses, so no issue.....

    I'm more troubled by the trivalent oxygen.

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  3. You can't freak out every time you see both people and chemical diagrams in the same photo, and yet still complain that 'chemophobia' is a problem with lay people.

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    1. People's complaint about chemophobia is that it focuses solely on their nature of being "chemicals" and not on their properties or potential exposure - hence the "phobia" ending.

      On the other hand, in a chemical lab, the presence of safety and protective equipment is drummed into people and institutions because there are objective conditions (presence of potential splash and impact hazards) that make it a very good idea in most cases, and its costs are likely lower than (probability of disaster * cost of disaster). People do focus on what PPE they are told to use and what they are told not to use, in some cases without evidence, but the expectation of PPE does not seem ill-considered.

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  4. But they are so happy with all these safety contact lenses and oxygens and .....

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  5. At first I too thought it was a glass wall (aka "clear board") but it has doors/sliding panels. The put the photographer IN the hood it seems, or its double sided door hood. Ditto on best wishes for success to Dr. Bradner and NIBR.

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