Lesson Learned Program

A lesson is a "good work practice" or innovative approach that is captured and shared to promote repeat application. A lesson learned may also be an adverse work practice or experience that is captured and shared to avoid recurrence. Use of lessons learned is a principal component of an organizational culture committed to continuous improvement. The Georgetown University Safety & Environmental Management (SEM) Lessons Learned Program exists to help our campus learn from events (positive or negative) that occur here or at similar institutions worldwide. SEM engages with a variety of organizations and news sources to identify events that can be shared. These events include injuries, accidents, near misses, as well as operational improvements that can be disseminated to our students, staff, and leadership to continually enhance our performance. The pages here provide individual lessons that you are encouraged to read and understand. Your contributions to this program are invaluable. 

Lesson 1: Chemical Incompatibility and Reactive Storage

Lesson 2: Storage of Flammable Chemicals in Refrigerators

Lesson 3: Near-miss Incident Involving Reactive Chemicals

Lesson 4: Successful Chemical Substitution at Georgetown

Lesson 5: Joint Response Exercise at Regents Hall
This exercise provided opportunities for Georgetown and DC Fire & Emergency Medical Services to enhance communications, as well as controls involved in lab emergency events. The linked video describes these experiences. 

Lesson 6: Professor Faced Criminal Charges

Lesson 7: Near-Miss Involving Small FireNew

Lesson 8:  Near-Miss Involving Compressed Gas TankNew