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Q&A: Transporting laboratory materials safely

Inside the laboratory there are many safety controls for hazardous materials—but what controls do you have when transporting those materials outside the lab? The substances and materials lab workers use to do their jobs don’t appear in the building by magic. Nor are they beamed to their final destination by Star Trek transporters. Whether it’s bottles of toxic chemicals, samples of dangerous pathogens, or vials of contaminated blood, there is a person or a group of people working to carry them where they need to go.

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