Occupational health and safety in an EM lab
Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) is an important aspect of electron microscopy laboratory and any workplace. Your health and safety (and that of others) is, and should be, the prime concern of any employer. Injuries can come at a great cost to you and the university/organisation, in both lost-time and money, as well as your general wellbeing. Major accidents/incidents may result in loss of productivity, large fines, and compensation payouts, loss of funding, increased insurance costs and even jail/fines for management /supervisors found guilty of negligence. It is in their interests to look after you.
Any workplace can be a dangerous place and unfamiliar surroundings may have hazards you may not be aware of. Knowledge of hazards is key defence. Trial and error is not a valid method of work. Experienced workers have developed safe ways of working in EM labs and every lab aims to adapt (and achieve) these current "best practices" to their unique situation and update their procedures regularly. Many accidents in workplaces happen within the first month of starting work.