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What to do if you don’t feel safe onsite

Safety precautions work best when everyone follows them. We need every Broadie to be vigilant about following the protocols and correcting unsafe situations.

 

It’s OK to speak up

Don’t be afraid to remind one another of the protocols when you observe lapses. We all need each other’s help to get used to this new way of working. We encourage all Broadies to feel free to speak up and give a coworker a friendly reminder (a “Broadie check”) if they see someone not complying with the rules.

When is a “Broadie check” appropriate? Here are some examples:

  • If you notice people at the Broad congregating in the hallways and elevators, say: “Just doing a Broadie check: can you please stay six feet apart?”
    We ask all Broadies to avoid gathering anywhere at Broad where it isn’t necessary. We know it’s difficult, but ask that, when you must encounter other Broadies, please keep your interactions brief.
  • If you notice someone at the Broad not wearing a mask, wearing a cloth mask, or wearing their mask incorrectly, say: “Just doing a Broadie check: can you please wear your surgical mask? We’re asked to wear our masks when we’re inside.”
    Broad requires everyone in the building to wear surgical masks at all times unless alone in an office, or when eating and drinking in a non-lab area as long as physical distancing is maintained.
  • If you notice fellow Broadies not wearing PPE, say: “Just doing a Broadie check: can you please wear your safety glasses/ lab coat/ etc? I don’t want our lab to get in trouble.”
    Lab PPE requirements include wearing safety glasses and a lab coat or gown at all times when working in a lab.
  • If you notice fellow Broadies eating or drinking in the lab, say: “Just doing a Broadie check: can you please eat in an office? I don’t want our lab to get in trouble.”
    Broadies should never eat/ drink in their lab space. See Broad’s full guidance on eating onsite here.

 

Reporting concerns

If you observe persistent or especially troublesome safety violations, please report them via any of the channels listed below. There are multiple options for reporting concerns; choose the one with which you feel most comfortable. No matter how you report it, your concern will be taken seriously, acted upon promptly, and kept confidential. 

Report a concern

Report a concern anonymously

 

Workplace safety compliance and enforcement 

For their own safety and the safety of others, Broadies must adhere to all of the protocols for a safe workplace, including those governing Masks and PPE, Physical distancing, and Hygiene and cleaning. These guidelines will be enforced strictly. Infractions will be addressed following the below escalation plan:

First offense 
Will be asked to stop what they are doing, and to comply before resuming work.

Second offense
Will be asked to stop what they are doing and to comply before resuming work. PI/Supervisor, and EHS should be notified. Retraining will be required by EHS. Training will vary depending on the offense.     

Third offense
Will be asked to stop what they are doing.  Will be asked to meet with their supervisor and HR Partner, and discuss progressive discipline. 

For questions or guidance, contact ehs@broadinstitute.org and/or your HR partner.

 

See also: If I know of someone on my team who seems to be sick but is working, what should I do?