I am helping to develop a fall CHAS workshop on building safety cultures in labs and one topic we would like to cover is ways of organizing groups to support proactive safety cultures in the academic lab setting.
At broad level, the three approachs we are considering discussing are:
- Traditional safety committees (at all of the various scales that they arise - department, college, institutional);
- Laboratory Safety Teams (active groups of lab workers who focus on safety); and
- Embedded safety professionals (departmental staff whose job assignments include a significant portion of safety responsibilities)
I would be interested in people who have experience with one or another of these approaches to lab safety culture as to what are the top three pros and cons of each approach. This is still a rapidly evolving field with many different variations, so I would appreciate as diverse a set of replies as possible in thinking about what to highlight in the workshop.
Thanks for sharing any thoughts on this.
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
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