Safe Science – Culture of Safety
A Letter from Interim Chancellor Guskiewicz
As a neuroscientist who has spent thousands of hours in research labs, I am a first-hand witness to the dangers created when substances or equipment, which we encounter every day in our labs, are handled or used incorrectly and unsafely. Health and environmental damage will occur if we overlook the preeminent role safety plays in our daily work as scientists. Since we are a world-renowned teaching and training institution, our lab policies and procedures must represent the best standards and practices in the world.
Developing and maintaining a culture of safety is a critical component of scholarly excellence and responsible research as well as an important element of our research and teaching mission. At Carolina, we have excellent resources that can assist you with the training and education of your research teams. The Department of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) is your safety resource ready to assist during every phase of your work. EHS experts are most effective when brought in as a partner during your planning phase so all members of a team will understand hazards, protective measures and controls.
Thank you for your engagement as we continue to enhance our Culture of Safety at Carolina.
Kevin M. Guskiewicz
- OSHA Laboratory Safety Guidance
- Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research (2014)
- APLU: A Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture in Our Universities
- Creating Safety Cultures in Academic Institutions
- Guidelines for Chemical Laboratory Safety in Academic Institutions
- Chemical safety education for the 21st century — Fostering safety information competency in chemists
- DCHAS Laboratory Risk Assessment (Video)
- A Culture of Safety – 2019
- A decade after a fatal lab safety disaster, what have we learned?
- Actions for Deans and Vice Presidents for Research
- Actions for Environmental Health and Safety Staff
- Actions for Laboratory Researchers
- Actions for Principal Investigators and Department Chairs
- Actions for University Senior Leaders
- University of Hawaii Lab Explosion
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. UNC-Chapel Hill is committed to providing a campus environment that supports the health and safety practices of its community (faculty, students, staff, and visitors) and empowers the community to be responsible for the safety of others. A safe campus environment is a right of employment for all categories of employees. A safe campus learning environment is a right of all those involved in education and research.
Good science is safe science. Safety is a critical component of scholarly excellence and responsible conduct of research.
Safety training and safety education are essential elements of research and education. They instill a culture of safety in the next generation of researchers and future faculty, and they are important for our students’ career development and employability.
An improved culture of safety is necessary to truly reduce risk throughout the academic enterprise.