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Safety First

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I just remembered that we did a online safety training program for my Reactor Design class (ChE 211). It reminded me of how important safety is and how it is sometimes under-looked. So for this assignment for Reactor Design we basically had to go to a designated online course that teaches you all the safety precautions through words and videos. At the end, you had to take a quiz and hopefully you’ll pass. One neat thing other than the safety knowledge was that it gives you a certificate stating that you have completed the training once you passed the quiz. This reminded me how Infineum was really strict about safety. Being safe was the companies culture and tradition. Rewards were given out at the end of year for things such as accident-free or injury-free year. It served as a incentive to act responsibly and put safety first before whatever you do.

Infineum put tremendous effort on emphasizing safety. For example, monthly safety meetings were carried out and everyone attends. There were also something called “B-Bop”. “B-Bops” were conducted quarterly. It consists of spotting your colleague when they were at work, and filled out what they did do safely and not safely. Things like whatever they were wearing proper protecting equipment were recorded. Other details such as work space violations and escaping route were also noted. It helped to promote the healthy environment in which colleagues all look after one another. Infineum has successfully conditioned me into looking at safety issue of all things I touch. It grows on me as well; I began to spend more time thinking about safety outside of work as well. It is important to think twice before we act no matter where we go and what we do. I not only begin to worry about my own safety, I also start to look out for the colleagues working around me.  One really neat culture that has developed in Infineum was that the colleagues would always look after you to make sure everything was done safely.

Regardless what industry I join, it is always beneficial to stand by safety rules and it is good for me as well as the others.




Author: Jerry Jin

Hello, My name is Jerry Jin. I'm a senior at Lehigh University pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering. I'm from Allentown, PA, but I was born in Shanghai, China. I moved here when I was fourteen years old. I'm currently the secretary for Southeast Asia at Lehigh Club, and treasurer for SASE. I'm also on the Lehigh Ultimate Frisbee Team and I enjoy being spontaneous.

One thought on “Safety First

  1. Know safety, no risk; No safety, know risk!!

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