Well said, Ralph.
>I was wondering if there would be interest among us to send a petition to the show encouraging them to add a comment to such segments addressing that scale-up itself is more involved than, say, multiply by 1000 and go.
I agree that bringing this concern to the producers of the show is a worthwhile effort, but we can also use these segments to start a discussion with students about the potential challenges associated with the scale up process. I believe that students are more likely to think through the challenges if we leverage something they are familiar with to start the conversation. For example, I used excerpts from a Mythbusters episode on whether HF is really the best way to dispose of bodies on Breaking Bad (it isn't) to start a HF safety training session.
Along these lines, one of today's headlines that especially caught my eye is
"Viral 'fire challenge' leaves 12-year-old Detroit girl severely burned: =E2=80=98(She) looked like a fireball'" from
The Youtube fire challenge videos mentioned in the article appear to me to be another teachable moment, both in terms of flammable liquids safety and the experience of burn victims, which Sammye did such a good job of bringing to our attention at Tuesday's symposium. I hope the EHS community can make good use of such moments wherever they appear.
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
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