From: Peter Zavon <pzavon**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] EH&S photo safety tips?
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:30:39 -0500
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Laurence Doemeny said, in part:

Someone (e.g., safety officer and lab manager) should accompany the photographer during these sessions.


I agree but would add to the end of that sentence, “…to point out problematic circumstances as the photos are composed”


No guideline short enough for a photographer to read and internalize, who is primarily interested in getting a good shot, is going to be able to cover the variety of situations found in all the  lab and non-lab areas of any campus.  Point them out as you go and you may eventually have some educated photographers.


Now if you want to put together multiple, narrower guidelines that can be referred to for specific projects, that might work.  Write one for chemistry labs, one for physics labs, one for engineering labs, one for ceramics studios, one for theatre activities, one for sculpting, one for painting and silk screening, one for grounds maintenance, one for sports activity, one for machine ships, etc.



Peter Zavon, CIH
Penfield, NY




From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Laurence Doemeny
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:28 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] EH&S photo safety tips?


Issues I observed in photos include: Lab clutter, improper use of electrical and extension cords, unlabeled reagent containers, tripping hazards,  improper clothing, food and beverage in the lab. 


The people taking the photos should follow the rules for all occupants of the lab.


Someone (e.g., safety officer and lab manager) should accompany the photographer during these sessions.


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Kim Gates
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 10:56 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] EH&S photo safety tips?


Have any of you ever put together "photo safety tips"? Our communication office has taken some publicity type photos and they don't always show the best lab safety practices. I've been asked to put together a guideline for them to use during these photo sessions in labs and non-lab areas on campus. 


I know there's always feedback on other photos/video that make this list - mostly about PPE. I thought an easy to follow guide might help the photographer.



Kim Gates
Laboratory Safety Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-6200
FAX: 631-632-9683
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