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Subject: [DCHAS-L] New TV series proposal (Was: How It's Made)
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2018 09:09:01 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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What we really need is a series like Air Disasters which almost always features the NTSB investigating root cause and highlighting how lessons were learned and applied.

We should approach the company that makes that show and pitch something similar for chemical safety/process incidents (refineries, dust explosions, flammable metal recyclers, lab accidents) which the CSB has investigated.

The series is produced by a Canadian company named Cineflix, and they sell the show as Mayday in Canada and Air Disasters on Smithsonian.  On their Contact us page says "If you have an awesome idea for a new show, please let us know about it."

As you can see, they invite formal pitches.  I suggest that an ad hoc committee get together and formulate one.  This should come not just from DCHAS but from National as well, given that safety is a core value.  Plus, we can make a pitch about it being produced in concert with the ACS, offer experts to appear on the program (and we have a lot of candidates for that on this list) and more.

Whaddya say?

Rob Toreki

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On Aug 24, 2018, at 8:46 AM, Stuart, Ralph <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**KEENE.EDU> wrote:

I was wondering if there would be interest among us to send a petition to the show encouraging them to add a comment to such segments addressing that scale-up itself is more involved than, say, multiply by 1000 and go.

I agree that bringing this concern to the producers of the show is a worthwhile effort, but we can also use these segments to start a discussion with students about the potential challenges associated with the scale up process. I believe that students are more likely to think through the challenges if we leverage something they are familiar with to start the conversation. For example, I used excerpts from a Mythbusters episode on whether HF is really the best way to dispose of bodies on Breaking Bad (it isn't) to start a HF safety training session.

Along these lines, one of today's headlines that especially caught my eye is
"Viral 'fire challenge' leaves 12-year-old Detroit girl severely burned: =E2=80=98(She) looked like a fireball'" from

The Youtube fire challenge videos mentioned in the article appear to me to be another teachable moment, both in terms of flammable liquids safety and the experience of burn victims, which Sammye did such a good job of bringing to our attention at Tuesday's symposium. I hope the EHS community can make good use of such moments wherever they appear.

- Ralph

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


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