=46rom my own experience, I would say that zero always should be the public goal (or aspiration or whatever), while safety personnel and management should be at least informed by the possibility that zero might not be attainable given the stochastic nature of health & safety.
On Mar 17, 2021, at 22:05, pzavon**At_Symbol_Here**rochester.rr.com <pzavon**At_Symbol_Here**ROCHESTER.RR.COM> wrote:--- For more information about the DCHAS-L e-mail list, contact the Divisional membership chair at membership**At_Symbol_Here**dchas.org Follow us on Twitter **At_Symbol_Here**acsdchasZero incidents cannot be achieved and you will, eventually be disappointed, to say the least, if that is your expectation. However, zero is a useful aspiration or goal, recognizing that continuingly decreasing targets greater than zero is a good way to control and decrease your incident rate.
But bear in mind that this only works in a reasonable manner for large groups.
Dear list members:At our University-wide safety meeting this morning, while we were reviewing incidents on campus, our VP (Admin) asked what I think is a critical string of questions:
How do some organizations achieve a zero incident level? Examples include the nuclear industry, and our local fire station. Clearly they have a strong safety culture. So, how do we enhance our safety culture to bring us towards that goal? Could we get an expert to advise us?
This is not a chemistry question, but an institutional one. But I immediately thought of the D-chas group, where there are so many experts on safety.
If there is anyone out there who would be interested in exploring this through giving us a seminar, and/or or spending perhaps a day with us, do please contact me off-list. Some knowledge of the Canadian safety landscape would be useful, but we are really looking at the bigger picture. We do not have an approved budget, but some compensation may well be possible. This could take place on-line, or perhaps in-person once the border re-opens.
Best wishes and safe work to all.
Paul Harrison, B.A. Hons. (Oxon), Ph.D. Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Undergraduate) Chemistry & Chemical Biology Dept. of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
1280 Main St. West.
Hamilton, ON L8S 4M1
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