James A. Kaufman, PhD
Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI)
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Thank you for this discussion. I have communicated with my colleagues in Communication and they assured me that they have discussed safety, performed RAMP analysis and concluded that the risk of splashing is minimal, and concluded that the image was appropriate to use. My colleague who directs our communication also wrote:
"As you know, we take safety very seriously and in this Untold series, the host does wear safety equipment when appropriate, but there are very limited experiments, so not a big production issue. In hindsight, we could have selected a better thumbnail for the ACS Matters article that wouldn't have given the misconception of a safety violation."
I obviously did not look carefully at the context before reacting despite the fact that we work hard here to reinforce risk management and critical thinking rather than just compliance with rules. Good learning for me.
Again, I appreciate this discussion and support for ACS safety programs.
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Good morning John,
It is interesting to me that the two safety professionals from UCLA (me the former ACHO and Chris Kolodziej the current CHO) looked up the source of the photo rather than assume. At UCLA we would do monthly PPE inspections. We were trained to ask questions first and to treat those inspections as a learning opportunity for the researcher and ourselves. I think this is an important lesson for safety professionals that context is important (as Margaret stated) and we can lose credibility with our researchers by jumping to conclusions.
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