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OSHA blog: Safety outside the lab

Hospital Safety Insider, May 21, 2015

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As a Laboratory Safety Officer, I am of course concerned about all lab-related activities being done in the safest environment, safest conditions, proper PPE, and complying with all safety regulations. Safety practices occur everywhere if you happen to pay attention.

My Dad, an 89-year-old retired farmer who still works just as much, likes to save copper from his farm shop/garage. He brings it to a company in Minneapolis who pays more per pound. I went with him last time and saw every worker in proper PPE, hard hats, gloves, steel-tipped boots, and some masks. It was great to observe. I told them I noticed their PPE compliance and gave them high praises.

On the other hand, there are times when the safest practices are NOT being met. Have you ever observed the busboy who clean tables at restaurants? On several occasions, I have seen them clean the table with a cloth, use the same cloth for the next table and the next and the next. In between tables, the cloth is used to clean the chair, the bench, sometimes the floor. The same cloth is then used on the table and the process is repeated. By the last table, the cloth is no longer wet. The crumbs are just being swept to the floor or to the chair, where that same cloth is flung to get rid of more crumbs. The cloth is thrown into the tray or tub of dirty dishes and is reused at the next table.

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