Fermilab has Fun with Safety March 10, 2008Posted by gordonwatts in Fermilab.
As anyone who as worked at a US national lab knows, safety is job #1. The constant reminders and cross checks and forms that have to be signed before work can be done can sometimes be a little overbearing. And a bit frustrating – but there is a reason they are there; they seem to work.
Still, I can’t help but cringe when I see one of those posters that shows those cartoon characters “Hey, safe work is happy work!” or some such blather.
Fermilab seems to have come up with a better approach. I think the way this happened was they asked the graduate student association for some safety quotes. These were then turned into posters and have been distributed around the site. They work because they are out of the ordinary, and, for the most part, clever. Heck, I want to read them. I took photos of the ones I saw on my last visit:
- Take accidents to absolute zero.
- Beamline and spine, keep them aligned.
- Superconduct yourself in a safe manner.
- Accidents can happen in a blur! Stay focused.