From: Richard Palluzi <rpalluzi**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Academic Freedom
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2018 15:45:48 -0500
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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Over the years I have heard too many academics argue that they cannot follow all the current safety rules because of lack of funding. And rarely has it appeared to bother them . Mostly they seem to feel that they are too qualified to really be anything but safe. So the safety rules apply to others not them. That sort of attitude does not last long in research. Either they learn to be safe or they leave. And considering the number of accidents – some of them rather serious – that occur in schools one would think they would all realize by now that these sort of attitude is not acceptable.


Whether, as some posts have suggested, safety is actually profitable or whether safety is simply necessary, the answer is the same. It takes effort to do thinks right. And that is probably the most important lesson one can learn ins school. I am afraid the article read to me like a spoiled child being prevented from hurting themselves and others. In industry, it is not uncommon for experienced researchers to have to shift field of focus for a variety of reasons: funding, company interest, safety, market changes, etc. They manage to accommodate this very successfully. Perhaps it is time for the good doctor to think about retiring if he cannot adjust to a new world.


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