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Creating a culture of safety

Friday, April 20, 2012

Number of research labs: 24.
Number of new researchers per year: 10.
20 high pressure reactors: $25,000/each.
Peer-led lab safety: priceless.

Safety is a top priority at CEBC.  But with 24 shared-use labs and frequent student turnover, ensuring safe lab practices at all times can be a challenge.

Fortunately, members of CEBC’s Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) have shared a number of proven ideas that have been incorporated into CEBC’s safety program.

“The key is to develop a culture of safety, where everyone looks out for each other,” noted Chris Lyon, administrative director at CEBC.  A Lab Safety Committee, made up of staff, postdocs and students, is working toward this goal.

As suggested by IAB members, a variety of efforts—such as peer-to-peer inspections and near-miss reporting—have been implemented to complement the efforts of KU’s Environmental Health and Safety Office.  During their evaluations of CEBC research, IAB members also offer project-specific safety recommendations, based on extensive experience at their companies.  Such information is invaluable when it comes to designing safer experiments and technologies.

--By Claudia Bode

CEBC Calendar

March 4, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Allyn Kaufmann, US Whitespace & Innovation Lead
"Serial Innovation in Consumer Heathcare - Intersection of Chemistry and the Consumer"

March 10, Wednesday - Mandatory Safety Meeting 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Mandatory for all CEBC researchers working at 1501 Wakarusa

March 25, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Nikola Juhasz, Global Technical Director, Sustainability
Sun Chemical Corporation, Carlstadt, NJ
"Sustainability of Packaging Industry"

April 1, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Sagar Sarsani, Project Leader
Sabic, Sugarland, TX
"Chemical Industry R&D Career Pathways"

April 12 & 13, Monday & Tuesday - Spring Advisory Boards Meeting
& Project Evaluations

1:00-3:00 p.m. each day, via Zoom
Click here to register

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