Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 15:19:00 -0400
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Subject: Re: 6 re: SAFETY

The n ame of the book that Dave Finster and I wrote is Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students. It is a textbook designed for undergraduates and c an be used for the four years of study.  See Thanks. 


Rober t H. Hill, Jr.

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From: "Wawzyni ecki Jr, Stefan"
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] 6 re: SAFETY

In response to Roger McClellan=E2=80=99s com ments:   Understand that in order for a =E2=80 =9Cculture=" of safety to take hold,  one must begin with an ed ucated (in safety) faculty and staff.     I=E2=80=99ll admit that my most safety conscious researchers are those that come from in dustry.

Speaking from an academic viewpoint, it is u nderstandable that those in industry ask the question,

Why should the acceptable standard for safety at Yale, UCLA Te xas Tech or any academic institution be any different than that found at co rporations that have been leaders in emphasizing a safety culture for decad es?="

=E2=80=A6 but what corporations have are mul tiple advantages not found in academia.  These include:

1.       Ability to fire employees at will.

2.       Experienced work staff, mentoring younger emp loyees.

3.       Long term employees, as opposed to those  focused short term research and academics

4.       Larger safety budgets;  raise the price of the little blue pill by $1.00, and see your safety budget grow.  In stitutions, especially State, are seeing budgets cut, and staffing stagnate .

5.       Better/larger laboratories;  in academia , researchers compete for their 2.5 linear feet of bench space, and fume ho ods are a premium.  Working off-hours enables more bench space at the cost of breaking policy.

6.       Security/ restrictions on after-hours access to labs.   Industry hires guards.

I=E2=80=99m sure others in academia can add to the list.

Regarding your example of a corprate exec po inting out emergency exits-

How many flights have you been on where you observed many in the cabin ignoring the flight attendent=E2=80=99s instruct ions on emergency egress?  Are you suggesting that they are all from a cademia?

I refer you to Robert Hill=E2=80=99s (ed) bo ok entitled Handbook of Chemical Health & Safety;  it is not limit ed to CHEMICAL safety;   there are chapters on ergonomics, evacua tion/shelter-in-place, process safety review, and control of hazardous ener gy. 

My son works for a private reseach instituti on where on any given day, the execs will shut down operations on a Friday afternoon, bring in snacks, and have everyone gather to watch a playoff gam e in the conference room.  That builds a team with buy-in towards the company goals including a safety culture.  That scenario is unlikely t o play out in academia.

As the song lyric goes, "The D ifficult I=E2=80=99ll do now; the Impossible will take awhile.="

Stefan Wawzyniecki, CIH, CHMM< /SPAN>


University of Connecticut

Past Chair DCHAS  ACS

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