...I'm trying to figure out the best way to improve my lab's safety goggle compliance; in grad school, we had it impressed on us early and often that lab glasses were not the exception but the rule.
In my new group, though, there hasn't been that sort of pressure and I am the only one who wears safety glasses, with others citing their normal eye glasses as acceptable eye protection. I know from experience that, even with side shields (which these folks don't use) regular eye glasses are seldom enough--luckily this group has never had a big accident, but it means that the importance of *proper* eyewear was lost on them. What should I do about trying to get the lab into the habit of using proper PPE, especially as a newcomer?I don't have a lot of advice for QV, but here goes:
- Lead by example.
- Build rapport with your coworkers.
- Find ways of helpfully contributing by taking responsibility for safety issues in your group.
- Over time, talk to your PI about ways of improving safety in the group, maybe after you feel you're "a group member."
Readers, what do you think? I think my approach could be called the "hearts and minds" approach - too soft, do you think?