Tech regent raises lab safety concerns

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Updated: 2/27 10:14 pm

A very frustrated member of Texas Tech's Board of Regents expressed concern about the university's laboratory safety regulations.

Regent Rick Francis unloaded during a briefing on compliance progress linked to the explosion in a chemistry lab that seriously injured a graduate student in January 2010, and another incident in 2011.

Tech Vice-President of Research, Robert Duncan, said "I think Regent Francis did us all a great favor today (Thursday)," he said. "He gave a very stern charge to the administration to make sure that we have a safe work place to make sure we have a safe workplace for all our students, staff, and faculty. I think that is a very very important thing to say. I think it was well embraced by myself, by the president, and we are all on board with that and there has really been a determined and passionate effort for many years that we keep improving laboratory safety."

The U.S Chemical Safety Board commends the university's efforts to implement the agency's safety recommendations such as expanding measures to address and control physical safety hazards as well as implementing an incident and "near-miss" reporting system.

Tech was the first university to be investigated by the Chemical Safety Board.
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