Good thinking. In fact, any activists out there could force labs accepting grants to comply by using this tack. Most people who sign grant applications are not aware that their signature on the last page of a federal grant attests that the grantee complies with a large number of public laws. If you look these up, they actually reference the OSHA, harassment, ADA and all those other regulations.
Then if you crawl though the pages of fine print grant rules you will see that if the grantee is not meeting these laws, they can be compelled to give back the money and may be barred from reapplying for three years.
Most state grant programs have similar laws. And smart corporate and private grant programs do the same.
The federal rules have been on the books since grants began to protect the granting agencies from any damages from grantees misbehavior. I've never seen these rules used--even when the grantee is cited by OSHA! However, a smart activist could make it all happen. And theoretically, it should work in any school as I have never inspected one that was in compliance with everything.
It's a nice thing to contemplate in front of the fireplace in the evening after nobody listened to you or took your advice all day.
In a message dated 8/30/2010 11:20:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time, ecgrants*At_Symbol_Here**UVM.EDU writes:
From: "Mary Cavanaugh" <cavanaughmm*At_Symbol_Here**appstate.edu>
Date: August 30, 2010 9:36:54 AM EDT
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] Safety Training
>There also needs to be stronger enforcement from the granting agencies - They should be doing on site inspections before releasing money to PIs. That will get their attention.
When the grant money is contingent on safety, safety WILL become a priority!
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