Berkeley Lab’s Users Machine Shop, where scientists build their own parts for experiments at the Advanced Light Source, was once thought of as the most likely place for a workplace accident. Not anymore.
The National Research Council is beginning a yearlong analysis of what can be done to stop a rash of lab accidents on university campuses. In a relatively new approach, behavioral scientists will take part in the review. Link to article.
Developing an in-depth understanding of adverse events is “part of our collaborative approach” in striving for improvement in both safety and operational excellence. It is important to analyze why adverse incidents occurred.
Walk into an office at Berkeley Lab today, and chances are you’ll see some employees sitting or standing in front of desks they can raise or lower by the push of a button. Adjustable, back-friendly office chairs are commonplace. On computer screens that were carefully positioned with the help of an ergonomics consultant, it’s possible to call up charts that show a steady and gratifying decline in repetitive stress injuries.