The Safe Conduct of Research: Cutting Edge Science Requires Cutting Edge Safety
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Publisher:  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland WA), Richland, WA (PNNL)

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Chemical Safety, Work Management/Planning

When PNNL researchers began planning a project to synthesize a highly-toxic chemical agent, there was no room for error. Because of the risks involved, management had to match the significance of the work to a rigorous safety protocol. Before the work could begin, researchers and a diverse set of subject matter experts collaborated to perform an intentional collection of readiness activities.

This is where the Safe Conduct of Research principle "Cutting-Edge Science Requires Cutting-Edge Safety" came into play. Safety protocols and activities may not be something that's futuristic or that's never been done before. In this case, it was about taking a conservative approach, not just for compliance's sake, but going above and beyond standard work planning activities in the service of safety. Watch the seven-minute video below.

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