Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 07:27:17 -0400
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Subject: Re: Final thoughts on UCLA fatal accident.

From: David H Silberman 
Date: August 10, 2009 3:25:40 PM EDT
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Dear Colleagues,

First off, there should be no Final Thoughts on the UCLA lab fire, at  
least not yet.  It's too important to leave and "move on", especially  
since it appears there are still many unresolved issues; those still  
need some thought.  That said,  I ask that in addition to looking at  
PI, student, and institution responsibilities, we look to ourselves  
and our own profession.  What is it that we, as Health and Safety  
Professionals, must do to effect real change?   Just as this  
discussion has pointed out "they" must change "their" procedures and  
"their" attitudes; should we not look at how we are getting our  
message across?  Are we pursing contemporary means of marketing and  
persuasion?  Have we taken advantage of new approaches?  I am not  
talking about on-line training, but real, out of the box change:  
think, for example, Street Theater, campus demonstrations (yes, I grew  
up in the '60's)... My point is that we must be a bit more creative,  
while maintaining credibility.  If you are so inclined, I'd be happy  
to collect (off-line) unique approaches that have worked, might work,  
and those that made you too terrified to even think about!  I will  
keep all names confidential to protect the brilliant.



David H. Silberman
Director, Health and Safety Programs
Stanford University School of Medicine
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