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Recommendation 10. The institution empowers undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff to voice safety questions and concerns to their faculty supervisors, EH&S offices, and/or safety committee.

Tools for Recommendation 10

  • Resources for empowering all stakeholders
    • Empowered Students and Postdocs Drive Lab Safety
      Available at Science Magazine.
      Description of how the University of Minnesota is empowering students to be involved in laboratory safety.
    • McGarry, K. A., Hurley, K. R., Volp, K. A., Hill, I. M., Merritt, B. A., Peterson, K. L., ... & Tolman, W. B. (2013). Student Involvement in Improving the Culture of Safety in Academic Laboratories. Journal of Chemical Education, 90(11), 1414-1417.
      Available at Journal of Chemical Education.
      A more in depth analysis of how the University of Minnesota empowered students.
    • Dupont’s Safety Training Observation Program (STOP)
      Available at Dupont.
      Provides a path to workplace safety by making safe behavior and workplace conditions part of the work culture.
    • OSHA provides guidance on how employees can be involved in safety.
      Available at OSHA.
  • Comparison of Recommendation 10 with other key resources
    • 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 empowers student and research trainees to have a “voice” and maintain an environment that encourages raising safety concerns freely without fear of repercussions.

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