From: "Reinhardt, Peter" <peter.reinhardt**At_Symbol_Here**YALE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Admissions Tours in the Laboratories - Poster tangent
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2021 15:21:55 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU>
Message-ID: 70D812FB-5A5B-4AB3-9ECB-270FFB173F28**At_Symbol_Here**yale.edu


I just want to add:

Posters are valuable because they set norms. When visitors or newbies arrive, they see what is important to the lab/institution.

One might become skeptical about the value of a poster because nearly everyone ignores them (and no longer notices them) after passing them twice. This is true. People habituate quickly to the poster's message, just as you forget that speed limit sign you pass every day.

So the other value in setting norms, is as a reminder for the instructor or lab worker, who can point to even the dustiest yellowed, curled poster on the wall and remind his college, "No eating or drinking in the lab." That works.

To avoid the habituation problem, changing the message or the media help. Think Coca-Cola.

Pete

On 2/4/21, 6:20 PM, "ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety on behalf of Stuart, Ralph" wrote:

>make sure you have lots of cool posters on the wall (that interest undergrads - think pictures not words),

I have found that these posters are also very helpful for safety professionals who are interested in understanding why the research community needs to use X chemical in a way that the people who wrote regulations impacting that chemical never thought of. We also appreciate pictures; words can be picked up in conversations the posters start...

- Ralph

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

ralph.stuart**At_Symbol_Here**keene.edu

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