I would call them who they are: a student, a researcher, an instructor, a
professor, an maintenance worker, etc. If there are people hurt in the
incident they are injured. Others are witnesses or simply other occupants.
Each situation may call for identifying the class/occupation of the people
involved. By doing this a database is created to evaluate the
class/occupation most associated with the lesson learned review process.
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Ralph B. Stuart
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 5:32 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Help with terminology
As part of our incident review process, we are developing a "lessons
learned" review process designed to encapsulate key points of either
prevention or response to lab incidents that may apply in other laboratory
settings on campus. An ongoing challenge I've faced is what to call the
person who is more directly involved in the incident. Sometimes they are
hurt as a consequence of the incident, sometimes not, but calling them the
"victim" seems to prejudice the questions we want to ask about the event.
Have other people come up with terms to describe the people who are at the
scene of an incident and may or may not be involved in the cause of the
Thanks for any help with this.
Ralph Stuart CIH
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Department of Environmental Health and Safety Cornell University
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