· If your management cannot/will not support safety in your lab – QUIT – the job is not worth the potential grief and guilt that awaits you!
· If you knew an employee (student) was going to have an accident in the lab tomorrow, would you be willing to fire them(remove them) today?
· Students entering a laboratory training program should have an entrance project to research rule, prudent practices, and injury reports and develop a set of safety rules for the lab – this will grant ownership of the rules to the students. This is not an easy job for you!
· Safety glasses are for when no activities are going on in the laboratory – when chemicals are being used, goggles are a minimum – face shields are not eye protection – safety glasses or goggles must be worn when using a face shield.
· Personal protective clothing is not impervious to hazardous chemicals – their only intended function is to provide reaction time – If you get splashed with chemicals , the job stops, the PPC comes off, and corrective measure begin.
· All severely hazardous chemical splashes require use of the safety shower and removal of affected clothing – No she cannot go down to the locker room and shower there!!!
· Compliance with applicable regulations cannot be a goal – they are a requirement for operations – the absolute minimum necessary. You must evaluate ALL the hazards and select protective measure that will always protect the student.
· Every injury, splash(even if no injury) or other incident in the laboratory requires evaluation and either changing the rules, increasing the frequency and intensity of training or discipline. (Oh, and discipline is not the real answer – as all incidents are a direct result of inadequate management!)
- Radiation Safety Officer and manager safety, health and Environment at one of the largest contract non-clinical laboratories in the world.
- Consultant/Instructor, Environmental & Occupational Consulting and Training, Inc
- Instructor, Chemistry, Safety, Radiation Safety, and Environmental at a Nuclear Electric Generation plant
- All of that without so much as a formal semester of college training, though I did take and pass (3.5) a post graduate level Toxicology class.