Two letters regarding laboratory safety, especially in academic environments, have caught my eye (PHYSICS TODAY, August 2011, page 9; October 2011, page 11). When I was a postdoctoral researcher, I learned a great deal about safety and safety management in a laboratory environment at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. I find myself introducing ideas about safety management and referring to PPPL’s safety manual frequently in my current university environment. The manual, online at, is a wonderful resource for those concerned about laboratory safety.