Beyond Inspections: Reimagining Laboratory Safety
Chris Kolodziej, University of California–Los Angeles
Safety cannot be achieved through regulatory compliance alone. UCLA has reimagined how to achieve safety in academic research labs by replacing its Laboratory Inspection Program with a Risk Assessment Program. The goal of this new process is to reinforce positive safety behaviors, and modify problematic ones, through application of integrated safety management and performance management principles. Through this new process, principal investigators are supported in creating Safety Management Plans that promote continuity, transparency, and accountability.
COVID-19 Panel Series: Research Labs
Jesse Decker, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Alissa Hanshew, Pennsylvania State University
and Clarissa Lynch, University of Virginia
The presenters will discuss research lab start up plans, including their recent project to create the CSHEMA Checklist for Restarting Laboratories on College and University Campuses.
Monitoring for Unintended Outcomes in Training
Amy Orders, North Carolina State University
Training is a first step to educating students and staff on safety, but unintended outcomes from training can derail best practices. NC State selected key training courses and reviewed course objectives in action, identifying several areas where heightened training and retraining was warranted. Revising course materials and incorporating active learning with a flipped classroom approach made notable improvements. This session will cover perceived versus intended meanings, reflective action and learning personification, and corrective actions for unintended outcomes.
What’s In Your Backpack? Simple Plan-Do-Check-Act Applied
John Fellers, Texas A&M University
Erich Fruchtnicht, Texas A&M University
Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) is often thought of for large, complicated policies and processes, but it is useful when applied at any level. Texas A&M applies PDCA as often as possible when looking for process improvement opportunities. This session will discuss two case studies of processes improved by PDCA. We will cover how and why each problem was identified and the management and team buy-in principles learned, as well as demonstrate how big improvements can come from small changes.