From: Allen Niemi <anniemi**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Judge denies three Harran defense motions
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:26:46 -0400
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I also think you would find that most universities had lab safety courses, committees, procedures, etc., at various times over the years. I know we did. The take-home message to me is that these things happen mostly on a grass-roots level when safety gets lax and then they die out after a while, only to reappear later for the same reasons. Unless the process becomes institutionalized (baked into policies and job descriptions, incorporated into state/federal laws with teeth) we are doomed to repeating the cycle over the decades in response to the next disaster.

On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 9:35 AM, Reinhardt, Peter <peter.reinhardt**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
I think it is remarkable that the University of Wisconsin-Madison had a mandatory laboratory safety class in the late 1950s, before cars had seatbelts! -- Pete Reinhardt (Another proud UW-Madison alum. Go Badgers!)

Allen Niemi, PhD
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