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Robin and Rob make some excellent points, from both
directions. Here at Davis, I provide general chemical and laboratory
safety training. Yes, it’s stand-up training and I reach about
folks per year. I’m working on an on-line refresher but it just
doesn’t have that special “Debbie touch” <grin>.
Many departments won’t issue keys until students compl ete my training. Many PIs have a similar policy. More departments/P Is all the time are implementing that requirement. It’s not up to me ( or EH&S) to make sure folks have training before they head into the lab. That’s the responsibility of the PI/supervisor and the department to put those requirements in place.
When I started here, lab safety training was offered about e very 6 weeks or so with maybe 20 people attending. At the beginning of the fall quarter, I’ll have at least one training per week – someti mes more. It’s taken a long time to get to this point but for a big institution like UC Davis, changing the culture (turning the aircraft carrier) takes a while.
Just my $0.02.
Debbie M. Decker, Campus Chemical Safety Officer
Environmental Health and Safety
University of California, Davis
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
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Safety is the first and foremost concern in *every* laboratory operation. Period. You relax that rule, bend it, or break it and the consequences (as we have seen) can be fatal. Reinfor cing the importance of safety by *requiring* safety training before *any* work begins telegraphs the role of safety and is an important first step (of man y) that academia needs to take to embrace the safety culture mindset.
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On Aug 27, 2010, at 4:54 PM, Robin M. Izzo wrote:
If only it were that simple… an outright ban on labora tory work until the worker has completed safety training. In a way, we have that, but it is so much more complicated and I honestly believe that o nly those who work in academia can appreciate that.
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