Dow Chemical recently unveiled a beta version of its new "digital learning environment" that shares the company's guidelines and best practices for laboratory safety.
The Dow Lab Safety Academy website features dozens of videos that provide lab-safety guidelines for a variety of real-life scenarios, grouped under four comprehensive lab-safety categories, the company said.
The website also provides a chemical-reactivity worksheet and an incident-alert template, among other lab-safety resources.
Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical said the new site is designed to help government and academic researchers as well as chemical companies.
"We routinely share safety best practices with our competitors, since we all understand improving safety is in everyone's best interest," said William Banholzer, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Dow Chemical.
"The same is true for university research. Our hope is that by broadly sharing what Dow does internally, we can help improve university safety as well as our customers, national labs or anyone conducting materials research."
Dow said it "will be seeking feedback from partner universities and other users" to improve the site.Dow's best practices focus on incident prevention and on spurring a high level of engagement in safety awareness.
"In 2012, thanks to a combination of smart work processes and procedures, and a focus on safe behaviors, 266 out of Dow's 350 sites went completely injury-free," the company said in a news release.
As part of its laboratory-safety initiative launched in early 2012, Dow noted that it has partnered with research universities to improve safety awareness and practices in the departments of chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering and materials.
"Through pilot programs with U.C. Santa Barbara, University of Minnesota and Pennsylvania State University, Dow is working closely with graduate students and faculty to identify areas of improvement and help nurture a sustainable culture of laboratory safety," the company said.