I just got a job in a chemical/biological lab (post-Soviet Country). Chemists here receive milk for "harmfulness of the work" (i .e. their work involves working with all kind of substances/reactives). I'm not a chemist; I do their analysis. The tradition of receiving 0.5 liters of milk a day comes all the way from the Soviet Era. I found this question here: Does milk drinking prevent long-term chemical poisoning?
However, I would like to know if milk is not that great for preventing chemical poisoning (as seen from the accepted answer), why is there still such a tradition of giving milk? And why did this tradition appear in the first place? And do people working in chemistry labs in other countries also get milk? (I'm not sure, but I think in UK they do.)