Keynote Panel: Learning from Others' Accidents to Prevent Your Own
Wednesday, July 20, 8:00 a.m.
Grand Portage Ballroom 3
Dominick Cassadonte, Texas Tech University, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
James Gibson, UCLA, Director of the Office of Environment, Health & Safety
Mary Beth Mulcahy, U.S. Chemical Safety Board, Investigator
Randy Nix, Texas Tech University, Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Major accident prevention relies, in part, on
learning from previous accidents, whether they occur at your own
academic institution or other institutions around the country.
Traditionally, lessons learned from accidents occurring in academic
laboratories have been kept in-house. The publicity received by the 2010
laboratory explosion at Texas Tech University (TTU) as well as the 2008
laboratory fire resulting in the death of a staff research associate at
UCLA provide unique opportunities to examine your own institution's
safety policies and culture in relation to what existed at TTU and UCLA
prior to the accidents. Representatives from TTU and UCLA will also
discuss subsequent changes in safety culture as well as the successes
and challenges in changing that culture from the perspective of EHS and
chemistry department heads. The role of the Chemical Safety Board (CSB),
its investigations of these accidents, and preliminary findings
concerning its investigation of the TTU accident and academic laboratory
safety in general will be presented as well.
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