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Guest OSHA blog: A discussion about fire attention and prevention

Hospital Safety Insider, October 6, 2016

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October is here, and it's that time when you should be raising awareness about fire safety in the laboratory. It's National Fire Safety/Prevention Month, and fires occur in high enough numbers in the United States (even in laboratories) that we need to pay attention and focus on prevention.

The College of American Pathologists uses eight checklist standards to cover lab fire safety, and even though they have made some changes in the past few years, all of the elements are there to help you prepare and protect your staff in the event of a fire. There are many fire sources in the lab setting, and even more fire accelerants, and those alone should help us realize the importance of fire safety knowledge. However, many go through their daily work routines without giving it a second thought. When the fire occurs, they will not be ready, and the results could be devastating.

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