Uncategorized | 3:28 pm | April 17, 2011 | By Danny Serna

Safety practices altered after death

Just days after the tragic death of Michele Dufault ’11, the University is already shoring up safety practices in its shops and labs.

All shop supervisors and monitors must take a two hour safety course sometime this coming week, wrote Stephanie Perry, the business manager at Yale’s office of environmental health and safety, in an e-mail forwarded to shop supervisors and monitors.

“This two-hour course will include a discussion of the implementation and enforcement of safety rules for shops and is intended for all shops where a Yale student would be likely to work or have any interaction,” Perry wrote in the e-mail.

According to an outline of the course included in Perry’s e-mail, shop monitors will be instructed in emergency response procedures and in their authority to prevent or stop someone from working if they seem impaired or if their actions are unsafe, among other safety protocol.

The accident has led the Yale Dramatic Association to tweak its operations, as well — the Dramat’s production of “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” will strike its set today instead of immediately after last night’s final performance, as is traditional, so that no one is operating machinery late at night, said Dramat President Lily Lamb-Atkinson ’12. She added that the Dramat came to the decision on Thursday after a conversation with their technical advisor from the Office of Undergraduate Productions.

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