Hello Students, Faculty and Staff,
As we are wrapping up fall semester- and 2014 – here are some things to remember for your labs over the holidays:
• The University will be officially closed for the Christmas Break period from Wednesday, December 24th until Monday, January 5th. This means that access to UA facilities and staff may be limited during this time. Please be aware of these possible limitations and plan any potentially hazardous experiments accordingly.
• Please take additional precautions for safety and security if you will be away from the lab for an extended time during this break. Be sure all reactions are completed, chemicals are stored properly, water is turned off, lights are out, computers are off, and doors are locked.
• Unwanted chemical pickups should be submitted ASAP to guarantee pickup before the holiday break. EHS staff cannot guarantee a pickup after December 12.
• Contact EHS to make chemical receiving/delivery arrangements for any restricted materials orders that might be received between Wednesday, December 24th until Monday, January 5th.
As the semester is drawing to a close please prepare your lab(s) accordingly, please store your chemicals and properly prepare your equipment for dormancy.
As always if you have any safety training needs that have changed due to research progress please notify us so we may update your student training.
If you have a list of students who will be needing training for next semester please go ahead and submit this to our office.
Thanks for your dedication to safety.
A Model for Creating a Safety Culture
Citing former MIT professor and organizational-culture guru Edgar Schein “leaders manage and measure the climate, not the culture”.
“If you manage it well enough and long enough, it turns into the culture,”
“Climate changes quickly, and culture changes slowly.” —Jim Spigener
With that in mind, here is a model illustrating how a leader’s behavior shapes a culture. It looks like this:
· If a leader behaves differently, it affects the climate.
· The climate affects follower behavior.
· Follower behavior affects follower beliefs.
· Follower beliefs create the culture.
To create a safety culture, leaders must behave differently. To do that, leaders must get connected to their value for safety.
Often when research leaders are asked what safety means to them personally, the No. 1 answer is, ‘People get to go home the way they came in,’
When I ask what safety means to you, what does it mean to the makeup of you? When you look in the mirror, what does safety really mean to you?”
Human Life is the primary concern
Safety is not some abstract thing, it’s not about numbers. It really is about your connection to the sanctity of human life. Because that is the most important thing that we own as a human race – nothing else comes close to it.