Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2011 12:36:28 -0400
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From: "L. Scott Williams" <lscott**At_Symbol_Here**FRONTIERSCI.COM>
Subject: The accident at Yale.

Hi all,

 From a behavior stand point, it's great to see the discussion taking place
over the accident/fatality at Yale.

Does anyone have the data on root cause of the Yale accident yet? I'd sure
love to see it!

Neal Langerman, our 'guru' for chem safety asked the right question when
he asked what a student was doing in a shop/lab alone at 0230 am?
All rhetoric aside, as you well know OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.1450  
E. Basic Rules and Procedures for Working with Chemicals states: "(q)  
Working alone:
Avoid working alone in a building; do not work alone in a laboratory  
if the procedures being conducted are hazardous".

This is a great time to assess our own labs and school areas to decide if ou
lab sop is strong enough to prevent what happened at Yale! I know ours  
at Frontier Scientific is adequate at best. I plan to get my safety  
committee together next month and come up with ways to strengthen our  
policy. We have a great accident response plan; complete with company  
owners that represent the patient at the hospital and do press  

What would it be like if all faculty had to pass mandatory safety  
training particular to their specialty otherwise no tenure or  
promotion? What would it be like if all students in any science could  
not get into that college without safety course that was directly  
related to the tasks in their major? Here's one that's "off the wall".  
What if the SAT/ACT had a safety section similar to reading  
comprehension or writing skills? Now there's a culture-behavior changer!

Happy Safety!

Love to All!

L.Scott Williams
Frontier Scientific Safety Department

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