It's always hard to get people to pay attention to those. They seem to think that they know all about the chemicals they use, especially since we keep striving for safer and safer products. I usually begin with common Baking Soda (Arm & Hammer). Everyone knows that you can brush your teeth with it and use it to settle an acid stomach. During the review, I read the part about systemic alkalosis. That usually gets their attention. It points out to them that even everyday products that are considered safe can cause problems if mishandled.
I try to start with household chemicals. Everyone knows if you mix Bleach and Amonia it creates a poisonous gas that will put you in the hospital. Also, anti-freeze and pets don't mix! It has a sweet smell but if your pets laps it up it will kill them.
This is a good start and then i address chemicals used as part of worker's duties. Most people really don't understand why the MSDS is there and need to be educated on that and their "Michigan Right To know" here in our State of Michigan.
In addition to the good suggestions above, I usually can find someone who has an unlabeled bottle of water. I will raise it up and ask if anyone wants to try and guess whether it holds water, vodka or gin :) I then, after the laughter dies down, pass around clear drinking bottle containing bleach and ask if anyone would like to try to explain to the parent of a student how their child drank bleach :(
This usually provides adequate reinforcement for complying with labeling requirements and reinforces the need for labeling even on 'temporary use' containers.
Over the years I have come up with several of my own safety and leadership quotations that I have used in either in conferences, meetings or training sessions. Sometimes you can say just a few words and the message sticks with people for the rest of their lives. I have put below a few of my favourites that I have had success with when trying to make people accept their responsibilities and actual become actual leaders. …See More
Over the years I have come up with several of my own safety and leadership quotations that I have used in either in conferences, meetings or training sessions. Sometimes you can say just a few words and the message sticks with people for the rest of their lives. I have put below a few of my favourites that I have…See More
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