One of our (Oklahoma City University Chemistry Department's) departmental assessment objectives is laboratory safety. The only quantifiable way of assessing this objective is to record incidents and near misses. I note that there is a problem defining what is a 'near miss' and also a problem remembering to record the near misses.
For what it's worth, we've had one incident in the past 10 years (a cut due to broken glassware). I note that the department is 3 faculty members, none of which do any hazardous chemistry research, and, we've never had more than 100 students taking chemistry labs during a semester.
Any suggestions regarding quantifiable measurements of laboratory safety would be greatly appreciated.
Oklahoma City University
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Melissa Charlton-Smith
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 9:21 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Training program feedback survey?
Along these same lines Ralph, I am keeping a running tally of
incidents/near misses etc in our teaching labs including what type of
incident and what it involves. Is anybody else doing this and would you
be willing to share your data with me?
Chemical Hygiene Officer, Lab Coordinator, Lecturer
Department of Chemistry
WV Wesleyan College
Buckhannon, WV 26201
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf
Of Ralph B. Stuart
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 9:04 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Training program feedback survey?
I wonder if anyone in the academic portion of DCHAS-L has conducted a
survey of people who have taken lab safety training for feedback on strong
points and opportunities for improving the experience for participants. I
would like to take on such an effort here and thought it would be good to
know if other people have developed such tools and possibly what the
results were as a benchmark.
Thanks for any information on this.
Ralph Stuart CIH
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Department of Environmental Health and Safety Cornell University
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