Tools & Technology

Lab Safety

Laboratory science can be a risky business. In this episode we explore some of the dangers.

Episode 69 | May 22, 2009

Episode 69: Lab Safety by Distillations Podcast

Laboratory science can be a risky business, as many of the chemicals used by researchers can be hazardous to their health. While some of these substances’ dangers are easily mitigated by following proper safety procedures, others have risks that increase with extended exposure—a lesson unfortunately learned by many chemists in previous centuries, which we explore on today’s show. Next, Distillations promotes safety first by exploring why geeky goggles seem more popular in labs than safety glasses. Finally, producer Robin Sussingham visits Auburn Thompson’s 10th grade classroom, where the teacher catches his kids’ attention through pyrotechnics best not tried at home. Chemical Agent: Lead.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:31 Introduction
01:02 Chemical Agent: Lead
03:31 Tools of the Trade: Safety Goggles
06:23 Feature: High School Chemistry Demonstrations
10:45 Closing Credits


This show was written and researched by Anke Timmerman and Hilary Domush.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from the PodSafe Music Network. Additional music includes  “Doctor Dogbrain,” by Al Phlipp and “The Woo Team Goggles,” by The Misprintz.

This week’s image is “Save Your Eyes—Use Your Goggles,” uploaded to Flickr by sakraft1 on 19 July 2008.