Open Source Training Makes Labs Safer For All

Nathan Watson | Occupational Health & Safety | October 12, 2012

Laboratories are full of hazardous chemicals, dangerous equipment, and infectious biological agents, making safety training a must for people in this profession. Yet developing content, managing training stats, and tracking compliance are time consuming and expensive. Large organizations with big budgets can invest in the people and technologies required to manage this complex issue, but safety training should not be a luxury -– it is a necessity for scientists in organizations of all sizes.

BioRAFT has teamed with NH-INBRE and Dartmouth EHS to create an open source-style lab safety training program. This model can and should be replicated to start solving this industry-wide challenge...