An Open Letter to Laboratory Managers
by Jessica Phippard, Research Safety Specialist
Dear Laboratory Managers,
EH&S would like to extend a huge “thank you” for the amazing work that you do. Managing the juggling act of science and safety, and the execution of your duties requires a timely grace. Deadlines, grants, and service calls. Supplies, lab meetings, and protocols. And of course, correspondence with EH&S. You certainly are a special breed of awesome! Thank you for keeping an eye on all of the fine details that make for a safe and successful laboratory.
There is no doubt that your PI and lab-mates are also truly grateful for your dedication to a job well done. You are a leader, a caretaker, and a role model all in one – you develop and update the LATCH and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), ensure prompt renewal of training, and always wear proper work attire and Personal Protective Equipment. When it comes time for lunch, or a well-deserved coffee break, your absence from the laboratory is conspicuous, as you choose to consume your food and drink outside of the lab. You know your workspace like the back of your hand, and your impeccable records are a rich resource to us all.
As we begin a new year in 2015, please don’t bear these burdens all by yourself; share the wealth of your knowledge and experience, and cross-train throughout the laboratory. Be sure that your colleagues are able to locate the LATCH, spill kits, fire extinguishers, and emergency eye wash and shower stations. Help them understand the importance of safety, encourage them to look out for one another, and steer them back when they veer off the path. It can be a tough job, but you’re not alone. EH&S is here for you, just pick up the phone. We thrive on fostering relationships with the research community, and look forward to future collaborations.
Your Partners in Safety, EH&S
Morningside Campus Manager and contact for Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Nevis Laboratories, Barnard College
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Laboratories
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Laboratories
Medical Center Manager
Physicians & Surgeons Building
Hammer Health Sciences Center NYSPI (Kolb Annex & Pardes Building)
Center for Infection and Immunity (ARB) & PET Center (ARB)
Russ Berrie Pavilion, Irving Cancer Research Center,
Mary Woodard Lasker Building,
Pathology Labs (including CHONY & VC), Eye Institute & Annex
Black Building, Vanderbilt Clinic, Presbyterian Hospital Laboratories
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