Glass Pipette Breaks and Cuts Researcher’s Hand

What Happened?

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


> Injury Reporting and Treatment Flowchart at UCLA


When you get hurt in the lab or on campus

1. Seek medical attention if needed

2. Report the incident to your supervisor