May. 26th, 2017

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Yesterday (which was HMS/HSDM graduation day) I said that if I had any brains at all, I would have taken today off. And I was absolutely right, because we spent about four hours between 10:00 and 2:00 being locked out of the REB because of a hazmat situation that was actually a crime scene. Somebody committed suicide by inhaled anesthesia in one of the labs in the REB last night and the body was found this morning. Because it was a lab, and because they didn't know if the person had tried to do anything with any other chemicals, it was called in as a hazmat situation and the REB was evacuated. So a couple of classes were held in the HMS cafeteria.

Meanwhile nobody told anybody in the Main building (which is where my office is) anything at all, so we were all wondering if we should evacuate because maybe there was a chemical spill, or maybe we shouldn't because maybe we're locked in while the REB is locked out, or maybe if we do evacuate we won't be able to get back in again so maybe we shouldn't, but nobody actually told us anything. Meanwhile every fire truck in Boston had descended on Longwood Ave and the street itself was closed. Eventually the truth got out, but we weren't really in much of a state to be productive for the rest of the afternoon. My boss kicked me out at 2:30 when the garage opened again and she could get to her car.

I wish the person who died had felt able to ask for help. I can see how they might not have; as much as we claim to be working on inclusiveness, there's a definite caste system, and staff are on the bottom of the faculty/students/staff pyramid and lab technicians are on the bottom of the faculty/postdocs/lab technicians pyramid.

I think I need to go light some incense.
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