Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 07:32:37 -0500
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From: Kim Auletta <kauletta**At_Symbol_Here**NOTES.CC.SUNYSB.EDU>
Subject: Re: Safety value of housekeeping
In-Reply-To: <7A3E0FB2-591C-4274-B64F-62D872939EC2**At_Symbol_Here**>
This month's issue of Reader's Digest supports anecdotes for getting 
people to buy/do something. The article is really trying to get the reader 
to avoid anecdotes and look for supporting data, but states that anecdotes 
are more powerful:

Beware anecdotes. When making decisions, we often give vivid bits of 
information-like diet testimonials—more credence than they deserve. The 
power of anecdotes to lead us astray is so strong that an influential CIA 
study advises intelligence analysts not to rely on them. Ask for averages, 
not testimonials. 

Just an interesting aside.....

Kim Auletta
Lab Safety Specialist
EH&S    Z=6200
Stony Brook University

Greg Nottingham 
02/23/2009 06:01 PM
Re: [DCHAS-L] Safety value of housekeeping
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   You probably already know it but I doubt that you would get any 
real data so I think that the motherhood, etc applies in this case.  I 
would just say that you are adults, use your commonsense, and Mom is 
not around to pick up after you.  Tell them that they don't want you 
or the other safety guys to get involved, they'll be sorry!


On Feb 23, 2009, at 3:36 PM, Ralph Stuart wrote:

> We're getting ready for a presentation to our new chemistry 
> department grad students about keeping a safe lab. Over the years, 
> we've developed a strong professional intuition that good laboratory 
> housekeeping improves safety and prevents accidents. However, I'd 
> like to throw some numbers at this scientifically oriented audience 
> to give housekeeping a value beyond motherhood and apple pie. Is 
> anyone familiar with a source of statistics that might apply to this 
> question?
> I'm sure that definitions of many of the words above are hazy, so 
> going the anecdotal approach is the alternative, but I'd like to try 
> for numbers if possible.
> Thanks for any help.
> - Ralph
> Ralph Stuart, CIH
> Environmental Safety Manager
> University of Vermont
> Environmental Safety Facility
> 667 Spear St. Burlington, VT  05405
> rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**
> fax: (802)656-5407

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