Lab blast raises safety awareness

Texas Tech is staging a drastic overhaul of its research safety policies after a laboratory explosion in January sent a doctoral candidate to a hospital with severe burns to his hands and face.

The 29-year-old student, Preston Brown, has since returned to his studies, but federal and university officials have launched probes to vet the school’s safety policies and recommend ways to bring them up to speed with its research engine.

Tech is still awaiting the findings of a U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigation, but an internal task force released a report last week urging a university-wide push to improve research safety.

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