Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 10:09:43 -0400
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Subject: Re: Chemical Safety headlines from Google

From: Alan Hall <ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**>
Date: June 10, 2010 10:02:33 AM EDT
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines from Google

Don et al,


While I think the decision not to hold a student responsible unless there were some incredibly culpable and deliberate actions is correct, we cannot and should not accept that "stuff happens" and therefore no additional safety measures need be taken.  A true focus on a campus safety culture can prevent the majority of them.  Valves fail, piping fails, containers leak, power is lost to exhaust hoods, etc. and on ad infinitum, but the great majority of these incidents can be prevented or mitigated, and preventive actions can preclude most of them.


You are correct.  We must strive to foster a true campus (and in all other settings) safety culture.


Alan H. Hall, M.D.
Member-at-Large, D-CHAS EC


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