Strong safety cultures manage safety consistently and systematically. Management requires method, which in turn requires a framework for understanding situations, environments, and materials. RAMP is such a framework. It may be seen as a framework for understanding context to enable decision making.
RAMP is a concept for scientific safety, developed by Robert H. Hill and David C. Finster in their textbook Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students.
The authors present RAMP as a mnemonic, enabling practitioners, educators, and students to remember four key principles of safety:
RAMP perpetuates a virtuous, sustainable cycle. It is:
Enables perspective, quickly
Enables formal inquiry and documentation
Adapts (to constraints)
Grows with science and the amount of work done in scientific pursuits
Encourages creative, contextual solutions
Usable in a variety of circumstances
ACS authors are incorporating RAMP into materials that support safety education and safety culture. Practitioners, educators, and students who learn and embrace RAMP are leaders in the chemistry and the broader scientific enterprise.
A Closer Look
Managing safety requires understanding of key terms.
- Safety - freedom from danger, injury, or damage
- Hazard - a potential source of danger or harm
- Risk - the probability of suffering harm from exposure to an unsafe situation
- Exposure - coming in direct contact with a hazard
Some Materials That Support RAMP
- Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students, 2nd Edition
Recognition and Assessment
- Globally Harmonized System for Recognition and Assessment
- Hazard Assessment in Research Laboratories
Minimize and Prepare