The crowd murmured, pondering Saporito’s question. Some agreed 99.99 percent was enough. Others shook their heads. Saporito showed a spread of all of the world’s commercial airline flights. If he applied a 99.99 percent safety rate to the airlines, there would be four fatal crashes per week, he told the crowd.
What happened? A maintenance worker was restocking a shelf when they climbed onto the shelf to place items on the top. The shelving was not properly secured and fell forward onto the employee, injuring them. Rather than seeking needed medical attention the employee tried to clean up the mess. What went right: • EHS was informed of incident in a timely manner • Concerted effort to fix similar issues across campus post incident
Lessons Learned: Hydrochloric Acid Spill A graduate student researcher, working after hours, was moving a new 4-L bottle of concentrated hydrochloric acid from the fume hood cabinet to the fume hood. The bottle slipped from their grasp and shattered, spreading acid and broken glass across the floor...
Lessons Learned: Chemical Exposure. While checking on the progress of an ongoing gas sensor test a post-doctoral researcher was exposed to a chemical known as cadaverine when an over pressurization event dislodged a flask stopper spraying the chemical onto the post doc's face.
Hundreds of packages are shipped to and from campus daily. A small but important subset of these goods have been identified as posing an elevated or significant risk to public health, property and the environment while in transit. Numerous federal regulations exists to ensure the safe transportation of these Dangerous Goods (DG). For one reason or another your package may not arrive in the condition it was packaged, the receiver can unknowingly expose themselves and/or other colleagues to unnecessary dangers. Here are some quick tips to keep you and others around you safe when receiving a package.