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Dr. Purdy

Dr. Purdy speaks to the issue of research safety

Safety Culture

Our university-wide Research Safety Campaign will be launched to commemorate National Safety Month. The Campaign will focus on raising awareness to the importance of safety in laboratory research activities and reinforce the need for everyone’s participation in building and maintaining a strong safety culture at Columbia University. All members of the research community are encouraged to participate in various safety engagement activities that will be rolled out through the remainder of the year, including several competitions, such as safety video and photo contests, in which laboratories can earn points towards prizes and recognition.

Columbia University EH&S presents: “The Safest Man in the World”

The campaign will commence with scheduled tabling events, hosted by EH&S, where the research community can take The Safety Challenge and receive free coffee, snacks and giveaways. Please stop by one of the tables and show your commitment to safety. Check back frequently for additional events :

Event schedule: Check Back Soon!

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The term Safety Culture was first introduced by the International Atomic Energy Agency as a result of their analysis of the tragic nuclear reactor accident at Chernobyl:

The Safety Culture of an organization is the product of the individual and group values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies and patterns of behavior that determine the commitment to, and the style and proficiency of, an organization’s health and safety management.

Environmental Health & Safety actively develops partnerships with research laboratories to evaluate, maintain and improve safety culture. Several indicators of a good Safety Culture:

  • Visible Management Commitment
  • Good Safety Communication
  • Safety over Productivity/Profit
  • Learning Organization
  • High Participation in Safety
  • Sufficient Health and Safety Resources
  • Low Level of Risk-Taking Practices