Volume 87 Issue 49 | pp. 44-46
Issue Date: December 7, 2009

Safeguarding Foreign Labs

State Department program raises awareness about lab safety and security in developing countries
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Homeland Security
Keywords: Lab Safety, Lab Security, Developing Countries, U.S. State Department, Sandia National Laboratories

When chemicals get into the wrong hands, it can wreak havoc. One of the more notable cases of chemical terrorism is the 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on a Tokyo subway, an episode that killed 12 people and injured thousands more. More recently, insurgents have used deadly chlorine gas in truck bombings in Iraq.

Because of a lack of attention to laboratory safety, many academic and industrial chemistry labs in developing countries could become targets . . .

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