From: Ralph Stuart <ralph**At_Symbol_Here**rstuartcih.org>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Organizing for lab safety programs
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2021 07:38:58 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU>
Message-ID: 3F79C7A7-4E14-4B55-B890-398FCD2F7E7B**At_Symbol_Here**rstuartcih.org
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> As supervisors we're all also responsible for at least 4 safety related meetings/articles each per month though they don't have to be related to lab activities. The company puts a heavy focus on everyone being an active participant in safety and encourages (and rewards) reporting minor things that can be changed to be preventative of incidents.

Thanks for sharing this observation. That has been my experience with Clean Harbors lab pack and field crews and gives me a lot of confidence when I call them for help. I??m glad to hear this is a company wide approach to safety.

My experience is that the hazmat clean up and waste management industry as a whole is much better and more safety conscious than it was in the 1980??s, when there were a lot of off the cuff decisions being made on the scene. (This is also true for the first responders, usually associated with the local fire department). Perhaps these are sectors that academic lab chemists can learn from, since many chemists can be employed in this field.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
ralph**At_Symbol_Here**rstuartcih.org

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