Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:27:01 -0700
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From: Roger McClellan <roger.o.mcclellan**At_Symbol_Here**ATT.NET>
Subject: Re: 6 re: SAFETY
Comments: cc: "Jonathan B. Borak"

To all:
   I have read with interest the on-going exchange of views amongst the Group and also the recent releases indicating the course of action being taken by Yale U niversity. Quite frankly, I am not convinced that the President of Yal e University, other senior officials at Yale, personnel at other  academic and non-academic institutions and all members of this Discussion Group have gotten the real message from the tragic accidents at Yale, UCLA , Texas Tech and other institutions.
    In my opinion, this is not about shop safety, fire safety or chemical safety for students. The central issue is about creating a safety culture that permeat es every institution starting with the the senior most individual, in the c ase of Yale , the President. . Why should the acceptable standard for safet y at Yale, UCLA Texas Tech or any academic institution be any different tha n that found at corporations that have been leaders in emphasizing a safety culture for decades.
    I am compelled to ask whether the emphasis within the ACS on chemical safety has unwittingly res ulted in focus on chemicals and neglect of other aspects of promoting safet y in its broadest context. Are individuals certified in chemical safety ade quately trained in broader aspects of creating, maintaining , promoting and communicating about safety in its broadest context. I raise this question as I recall communications from several individuals during the past year wh o were just entering the field and wondering what they need to do to become better prepared to contribute. Are our training programs for those who are supposed to lead adequate? Are educational programs for safety for all kin ds of students adequate. Do senior officials of leading institutions really understand their responsibility for promoting a safety culture that focuse s on the their workplace and , also , has great co-lateral benefits where t hese individuals live and play.
    I recall vividly the opening ses sion of the British Occupational Hygiene Association meeting a few weeks ag o in Stratford-upon-Avon in the UK. The Chair opened the meeting by noting the emergency exits from the room and the "gathering places" outside in the event of an emergency. That caused me to recall attending a meeting in 198 5 commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Haskell Laborat ory at the DuPont Company. The meeting was opened by a DuPont Executive who pointed out the emergency exits from the hall. I have observed many advanc es in Health and Safety over the past half century. With all due respect to those who have worked for change  the pace in the academic world has been glacial.
    I welcome your feed bac k.
Roger O. McClellan
Advisor, Toxicology and Human Health Risk Anal ysis
13701 Quaking Aspen Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 8 7111
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From: Michael Hojjatie <mhojjatie**At_Symbol_Here**TKINET.COM>
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Sent: Mon, April 18, 2011 11:39:58 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L ] 6 re: Long Hair Lab Safety

Thanks for all the comments, cor rections, and additions on this subject. I am glad it started the dialogue. I think Sheila captured the essence of the discussion. Now it is up to us to implement the rule and enforce it to avoid any other unfortunate acciden t.

Michael Hojjatie, Ph.D.
R&D Director and Chemical Hygi ene Officer
Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc.

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Sent: Monday, April 18, 2011 10:21 AM
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Su bject: Re: [DCHAS-L] 6 re: Long Hair Lab Safety

My message - below - came through without formatting (I should have expected).
I crossed ou t 'female' and ' up their hair on top', leaving:
    All workers with long hair must tie hair away from moving (rotating?) equipmen t.

Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO
Safety Coordinator
Chemistry & Biochemistry Teaching Laboratories University of California , San Diego
(858) 534-0221

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From: Kennedy, Sheila <s 1kennedy**At_Symbol_Here**>

Good catch, but I suggest we teach:
All female worker with long hair MUST tie up their hair on top. away from flames & moving (rotating?) equipment.

Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO

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