Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2009 15:25:01 -0400
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Subject: Re: Lab Notebooks with risk assessment page

From: 	katbene**At_Symbol_Here**
Subject: 	RE: [DCHAS-L] Lab Notebooks with risk assessment page

Date: 	August 3, 2009 3:13:11 PM EDT

Having trained lots of scientists coming into pharmaceutical research  
over the last 15 years, it was noticeable that few UK educated  
researchers had to be convinced that risk assessment was in their best  
interest. Unfortunately many coming from US academic institutions  
needed training because their  "leaders" did not consider safety a  

In my experience, safety in industrial or pharma based research was  
considered a condition of employment, and supervisors know that it is  
their responsibility to model the safety related behaviors that their  
company expects.

We spent a lot of time providing POSITIVE feedback to researchers on  
safety behaviors and it worked well. The outliers who could/would not  
"get it"  were noticeable to management and altered their practices.  
I'm not saying it worked perfectly but it did work.

IMHO Good laboratory safety programs will NOT eliminate all incidents,  
but everyone is better prepared when they do happen.


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