The Molecular Foundry aims to integrate safety into its organizational culture, and by doing so demonstrates that research that is safe is also innovative and productive. In order to support the safety-oriented culture at the Foundry, we have established a standing committee to assist the Division in solving complex safety problems.
As with scientific success, safety success at the Molecular Foundry relies on strong partnerships between users and staff. Both staff and users need to be vigilant while in the laboratory and to stop the work of their colleagues when unsafe behavior or conditions are observed. The Foundry promotes a “just culture” that prioritizes systemic solutions, rather than individual blame, for most stop work cases. However, temporary suspension of laboratory privileges for process assessment and retraining is often required.
Molecular Foundry Safety Committee
The Foundry Safety Committee assists the Division in solving complex safety problems, utilizing their collective knowledge and analytical skills to make recommendations to Foundry leadership. The objectives of the Safety Committee are to:
- Assist with clear and concise safety communications;
- Review and provide input to safety related documents (such as Division Self Assessments), reports and policy;
- Assist with the planning of division-wide safety events (such as the annual Foundry Safety Retreat);
- Present new or previously unidentified hazards and recommend controls.
Safety committee members help staff and users identify the appropriate EH&S resources to report and correct issues.
Safety Committee Members
|Current Chair:||Mike Wisherop|
|Foundry Leadership:||Branden Brough|
|Operations:||Mike Wisherop, Carleton Falzone|
|Imaging and Manipulation:||Paul Ashby and Virginia Altoe|
|Inorganic:||Tracy Mattox (also Chemical Safety Committee representative) and Nate Hohman|
|Bio:||Michael Connolly (also Lab Safety Advisory Committee representative)|
|NCEM:||Chengyu Song and John Turner|
|Foundry Shop:||Ed Wong|
|Laser Safety Committee:||Ed Barnard|
|User Executive Committee:||Eddie Zaia|