Recommendation 6. The campus lead, leadership team, and faculty, embed safety communication in laboratories, classes, departments and throughout the wider campus.
Tools for Recommendation 6
- Create campus-specific safety videos to use at public meetings.
- Open formal meetings on campus with a safety message.
- The University of Minnesota safety video winner for 2015
Available from the University of Minnesota.
A humorous video that highlights some common laboratory mistakes.
- A Day in the Lab
Available from University of California San Diego.
Highlights some common laboratory mistakes.
- Lab Techniques & Safety: Crash Course Chemistry #21
Available at Crash Course.
An accessible video on some important points for lab safety.
- Experimenting with Danger
Available at the Chemical Safety Board.
Provides hazards associated with conducting research at chemical laboratories in academic institutions.
- WolfAlert Emergency Communication Campaign
Available from North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University won CSHEMA’s institutional marketing campaign Award of Excellence.
- Focus on Safety
Available at the University of Nevada Reno.
University of Nevada Reno’s campaign earned the ‘Marketing Campaign Award of Distinction’ at the CSHEMA national conference.
- The Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) Safety Zone blog “covers chemical safety issues in academic and industrial research labs, as well as in chemical manufacturing”.
- BioRaft Research Safety Blog – regularly updated blog on safety news.
- Safety Library
Available at WCF.
WCF has a large library of helpful safety resources, including safety posters, safety meeting resources, checklists, videos, and more.
- Safety and Health Topics
Available at the United States Department of Labor.
Regularly provides information on safety and health hazards that can be shared with the campus community
- Workplace Safety & Health Topics
Available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Provides information that can be shared with the campus community.
- Fast Facts
Available at University of California, Riverside.
Brief, one-page summaries of various safety topics that can be used for reference or training.
- From Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research (NRC, 2014):
- Conclusion 4: There are several key attributes related to research group dynamics that contribute to the advancement of the laboratory safety culture. A strong, positive safety culture includes regular safety communication, for example, “safety moments” in academic research events (e.g. seminars, group meeting, doctoral defenses, and teaching includes open communication about safety as a key element that is sought out, values, and acted upon.
- From Cultures in Academic Institutions (ACS, 2012):
- Recommendation 16. Establish a system to promote safety in an institution or department that encompasses: electronic communications; printed materials;’ special seminars or events discussing or promoting safety; a recognition system for good safety performance; and a process to solicit, review, and act on suggestions for improving safety and identifying safety issues.