Hazardous Materials

TitleHazardous Materials
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsAmerican Physical Society,
PublisherAmerican Physical Society
KeywordsLabratory Safety , PHYSICS , SCIENCE , Workplace Safety
AbstractA condensed matter experimentalist and his students were conducting experiments on thin films of common metals such as aluminum and tin. The leader of the project discovers that he could substantially enhance their work by switching to samples of the metal beryllium, which is highly toxic. What is the responsibility of the project leader have in considering using this new, potentially dangerous material? What role should the students have in making this decision?
OEC Unique IdentifierAmerican Physical Society Ethics Case Studies
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