Glass Pipette Breaks and Cuts Researcher’s Hand
A researcher was preparing for an experiment, in which she planned to use a thin, sterile glass pipette to transfer samples. While handling the pipette, the tip broke off and a piece of glass cut through the researcher’s glove causing a laceration on her hand.
What Was The Cause?
The accident was caused by handling a thin glass pipette.
What Corrective Actions Were Taken?
- Discuss alternative devices to replace glass pipettes
How Can Incidents Like This Be Prevented?
- If feasible, replace hazardous device with a safer instrument
- Take your time: allow for plenty of time when handling potentially hazardous devices
- Be attentive: always be mindful of surroundings and pay attention to potential hazards such thin or cracked glass
QUICK ACTION TIPS
When you get hurt in the lab or on campus
- Seek medical attention if needed
- Report the incident to your supervisor