From: "Hadden, Susan [PRDUS]"
Date: December 11, 2008 9:01:39 AM EST (CA) Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] FW: Measuring chemical safety program effectiveness I feel that lab inspections do provide a measure of the safety culture. How the occupants maintain their lab is a good indicator of their safe behavior. Think about the labs you inspect. Are the folks in the neat, well run labs more inclined to be safety concious and follow the rules or the ones in the sloppy, poorly maintained labs? Look at your lab inspection questions. They tend to ask about things that require a person to perform or maintain (is the hood closed, is there evidence of spills, are waste cans appropriately labeled). Performance is behavior. Those who tend to be sloppy and disorganized with their work space are usually sloppy and disorganized in their work habits. From years of experience, I know that a well maintained lab usually has a better safety culture than labs that are not. == From: ILPI Date: December 11, 2008 9:23:35 AM EST (CA) Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] FW: Measuring chemical safety program effectiveness A program is effective if it promotes a culture of safety. As Kim describes below, if safety is an integral part of everything that you do in the laboratory, then you have an effective program. That kind of success requires effective leadership. In an academic setting the front line of that means a faculty member who promotes the safety ethic. As we are all too painfully aware, we know there are some professors who do not Get It when it comes to safety culture. That's where the second front of leadership from the department chair, safety committee, and/or EHS department comes in. A big part of making that second part work is to establish that EHS leaders are working *with* faculty to help them be more effective rather than being a bureaucratic gadfly. Of course, a good measure of how your program is to make *informal* visits to some random laboratories and see what's going on. Are cords dangling, are hoods cluttered, is safety equipment blocked, that sort of thing. And if you see there is room for improvement, you can do things like give folks self-inspection checklists/templates, or sign them up for email or iCal reminders to do a self-inspection etc. etc. Non-adversarial, proactive prodding can go a long way. Rob Toreki == From: soyke.eg**At_Symbol_Here**pg.com Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] FW: Measuring chemical safety program effectiveness Date: December 11, 2008 9:36:36 AM EST (CA) Using a Behavior Observation system works the best. Create a critical behavior check list, train observers on correct behavior and appropriate feedback to correct unsafe behaviors, setup observation schedule, conduct observations and tabulate data. May need to do re- training or revisit your current safety policies if you find that your safe behavior percentage is lower than 95%. == From: Carolyn Sampson Date: December 11, 2008 9:41:02 AM EST (CA) Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] FW: Measuring chemical safety program effectiveness About culture change -- I think you have really achieved safety when a chemist chooses to miss a critical deadline (which might harm their career) or decides not to do something (which might advance their career) because they do not believe it can be done safely. When safety trumps career or funding -- wow! Carolyn Sampson General Mills
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