I work in a microfab facility that has some dangerous solutions that I need to use, like HF, H2SO4 96% and Silane gases for wafer fab.
My worst experience back in my organic chem days was with fuming nitric acid. I blew out the bottom of a couple pieces of glassware because I was careless & left a drop or two of rinse water in them
>But what they're not doing is attempting to "emasculate and demean the people who pass through them". Yes, that's idiotic.
I'm sure it's actually somewhere in between security and the other thing. You need to look at all the angles before calling someone idiotic.