U.S. National Academies Press Releases Two New Volumes on Creating Cultures of Safety

Two NAP releases from fall of 2014 discuss creating cultures of safety in academic chemical research laboratories and in the nuclear power industry, respectively. Both works were inspired by real-world events.

Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Laboratory Safety in Academic Chemical Research presents strategies for preventing serious chemical accidents in university laboratories in the wake of “recent and sometimes fatal accidents” in these environments, according to the NAP synopsis. Many institutions seek to go beyond regulatory compliance and foster a climate in which safety is an essential element of daily work. Get more information or read the entire report free online here.

Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants discusses causes, safety system performance, and operator responses associated with the events of March 11, 2011, in northeastern Japan. These events are blamed for nearly 16,000 deaths, $200 billion in damages, and widespread evacuations; the report recommends incorporating “modern risk concepts” into safety regulations and industry practices. More information and the free online version of the report can be accessed here.