We are concerned with safety in research laboratories for two basic reasons. First, every laboratory practice carries with it a certain degree of risk. It is important to determine how much risk is involved and what its effect will be both on the experiment and the experimenter. Second, examining safety practices allows us to plan for risk reduction and to find alternate methods of reaching the same goals while minimizing risk. In later chapters, we will see how this planning is best done and how potential hazards can be identified and avoided. Laboratory safety is, at the most basic level, a body of personal philosophy and practice that ideally is second nature to the laboratory worker. And the ultimate goal of laboratory safety is to eliminate the chance of human injury or illness, to avoid property damage, and to prevent the release and spread of hazardous organisms or chemicals.
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