This is our last dance
This is ourselves under pressure
Actually it's a CO2 detector in the lab!
Maybe I should put a little David Bowie there?
I recently became the responsible person of the lab (kind of like a lab manager) on top of my other duties. I've used a lot of the equipment in the lab space for nearly the last decade (and during my PhD) and assisted with the paperwork associated with it. But now I'm responsible for the lab, equipment, and people. This is where government lab differs from an academic lab. We have very high environmental health and safety policies that we must adhere to. Specifically - the occupational safety & health administration laws and regulations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We have a standard operating procedure that is 70 pages long and more than a dozen supporting documents for hazard analysis (e.g chemicals, radiations), assessments, inspections, personnel training, and so much more. I believe in safety. But I have to admit, taking on this role has been a bit stressful. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
BUT I am so excited because we are expanding the lab to upscale some work my team and I have been doing for the last few years. This is the project biggest budget I've ever had. We're going from bench top (test tube and 1 L reactors) to full 55 gal barrel size to initiate geochemical reactions. I've started to put in purchase requests for new equipment! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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