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The Cost of Safety

Balancing a lab’s safety with its budget can be tough but, in the July/August issue of Lab Manager Magazine, James A. Kaufman has a great, simple safety tip for lab managers – create a separate account line for safety-related expenditures

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Balancing a lab’s safety with its budget can be tough but, in the July/August issue of Lab Manager Magazine, James A. Kaufman has a great, simple safety tip for lab managers – create a separate account line for safety-related expenditures.

He notes two important benefits of having a separate account line for safety equipment:

  • Safety becomes more important once it’s recognized as a separately-funded aspect of work in the lab
  • Funding safety isn’t as likely to be at the cost of other budget areas such as general supplies

Kaufman also talks about the importance of involving staff members in the budgeting process so they can share their ideas on purchases needed to make their lab safer, healthier and more environmentally-friendly.

Sharing and discussing safety tips like these with other lab professionals is important too and one great way of doing so is by joining our Lab Manager Lab Safety Solutions Group on LinkedIn.