Great message! I share a similar one with a photo that I have on my phone whenever I run into people who give me a wry look and tell me some version of, "Look, I have been doing this for a long time and never had a problem."
When I was growing up, my family heated with wood. We lived in Montana and the winters were long and cold, so I cut a LOT of wood. I had literally thousands of hours of time with a chainsaw and there really wasn't much about a chainsaw and how to use one that I don't know. A couple of years ago, I had cut down a tree and was removing limbs with a 20" chainsaw when the tree moved, threatening to crush me. I moved quickly and got out of the way and then realized that my left leg was stinging. In my haste to get out of the way of the tree, the chainsaw had given me a little "kiss" just above my left knee. I could literally see my kneecap, the tendon that holds it in place, and a couple of other tendons beneath that one. Fortunately, none were appreciably damaged. Just as the gentleman in the video, I had grown complacent and made small mistakes that could easily have cost me a measure of mobility and perhaps even my life. The message I share with that photo is that if !
we allow complacency and confidence to replace diligence, we could find ourselves in a very negative situation which we had all of the experience and means to prevent.
From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Ralph Stuart
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2018 9:27 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] The Safe Conduct of Research: Learning Never Stops
FYI, there's an interesting new video on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrdCK7rkJPU&feature=youtu.be
about safety in daily life and in the lab setting
The Safe Conduct of Research: Learning Never Stops
Battelle's Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR) principles form the foundation of PNNL's safety culture. In the first of a series of videos examining the principles in action, Associate Laboratory Director Allison Campbell reflects on her recent experience in a serious cycling accident and the principle "Learning Never Stops". The accident was a reminder of the dangers of complacency and how the identification of hazards and a questioning attitude apply whether you're at work or at home.
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
American Chemical Society
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
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