> >Perhaps a decline in critical thinking skills?
I don't think that's the case. I can think of many engineered safety measures that have been used uncritically in labs (well beyond the design intentions) for many years (e.g. fume hoods). The lesson I see in the story is that how people react to emergencies involves perceptions of the situation which are outside the scope of what many emergency planners consider...
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Keene State College
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