Occupational and environmental health and safety

In 1975, Dr. Barkley encouraged the senior leadership of the National Institutes of Health to support a study by the National Research Council to recommend procedures for the safe handling and disposal of toxic substances in laboratories.  The NIH resources made it possible for the National Research Council (NRC) to publish Prudent Practices for Handling Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories in 1981.  Dr. Barkley later served on the NRC’s Committee on Prudent Practices for Handling, Storage, and, Disposal of Chemicals in Laboratories tasked with updating the original work.  In 1995, the National Academy Press published Prudent Practices in the Laboratory Handling and Disposal of Chemicals in Laboratories.  In 2008-2009, Dr. Barkley served as a member of the third NRC Committee on Prudent Practices, which completed the second update of the original work.  Publication by the National Academy Press will occur in 2009.  OSHA and the research community consider "Prudent Practices" as the authoritative work on chemical safety in laboratories.

As the founding director of the NIH Division of Safety, Dr. Barkley organized one of the nations most comprehensive, capable, and supportive academic occupational and environmental health and safety programs within the biomedical research and health sciences community.  His vision for partnering with the research community in developing a practical and service-based program brought about a new relationship with the scientific community.  The Institutes’ scientists and administrators welcomed the health and safety professionals as advocacy advisors who were interested in their health and safety, and in their conduct of research.  No longer were the health and safety professionals viewed as local compliance inspectors for the regulatory agencies. 

Proven Practices applies its partnering concepts to all of our consultations with university clients who wish to improve the compliance performance of their institutional science and operational programs, and the value of their environmental health and safety programs.

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