From: "Stuart, Ralph" <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**KEENE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] 20L Drums of Flammables
Date: Wed, 30 May 2018 12:07:34 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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> > long term issues have not been allowed to be identified, nor addressed from any compliance requirement.

I attended a presentation by a faculty member here who has significant experience as a safety professional in industry. He was talking about the importance of making the case for safety improvements based on financial arguments. The key element in his calculations is the payback period on the investment; the speaker suggest that the payback period should be less than 3 years. This is because the average tenure of upper management is in the 3 to 5 year range and suggesting payback periods longer than that was outside the attention span of decision-makers.

I know that we in academia face a similar problem with ongoing turnover within upper management. I haven't come up with any ideas to address this challenge yet, but it confirms my ongoing Life Lesson as a safety professional: if it was easy, someone else would have already done it ;).

Thanks for sharing your experience.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
603 358-2859


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