Safety is important! Good safety habits can prevent injuries and save lives, protect property, improve productivity, and prevent economic loss. But safety doesn't just happen. It requires an ongoing commitment throughout an organization to adopt certain attitudes and habits that make safety a priority. Everyone accepts responsibility for safety and works to acquire safety knowledge and skills, maintain safety awareness, take appropriate action, and learn from experience.
The idea of a safety culture is summarized in The Safety Ethic offered by Robert Hill and David Finster in Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students (2nd ed.) and also promoted by the American Chemical Society.
The Safety Ethic
Value Safety, Work Safely
Prevent At-Risk Behavior
Promote Safety, and
Accept Responsibility for Safety
In Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students (2nd ed.) Robert Hill and David Finster discuss four principles of safety that can focus your thinking about safety and guide your planning and work with chemicals.
Prepare for emergencies