My work is very safe, because we don’t really do experiments on people or animals. What we do st to observe what happens to people “in the wild”.
Sometimes I might send people a questionnaire with questions that could upset them – like asking them what illnesses they have, or whether their parents had cancer – but because we just study people who are living their normal lives, I don’t think we ever physically hurt someone.
There is absolutely no testing on people in my work, but we always have to be very concerned about safety, for ourselves and for the others. We wear labcoats and protective goggles and if we are using dangerous substances, then we work in special areas chemical /biological hoods to avoid spillage in communal areas. Since I work with viruses, I also have to make sure that everything that has touched it is inactivated before throwing it in the bin.
My experiments are pretty safe. Whenever I’m using nasty chemicals or working with anything else that could be harmful, I make sure I’m wearing gloves and my lab coat to protect myself, and the guys who work around me all wear lab coats too so I couldn’t hurt them by accidentally splashing things on them. I don’t test drugs, either on people or on animals, so that’s not a problem for me.