Swiss Cheese and Safety
French onion soup, the Cuban sandwich, process safety. Just a few recipes that wouldn't be the same without the crater-infused cheese: Swiss.
Beyond being a staple for comfort foods, Swiss cheese plays an important role in adopting a safety-oriented cultural mindset, which is essential for students working in Michigan Tech labs, and workers on oil tankers and at milling plants. The campus steward of the Swiss cheese for safety mindset—known formally as process safety—is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Herbert H. Dow Chair in Chemical Process Safety, Andre Da Costa.
Put simply, his interest is in preventing the injuries, fatalities and damage that can potentially result from human error in hazardous environments, including but not limited to research labs. Da Costa brings more than 20 years of experience developing, promoting, disseminating and supporting implementation of process safety in industry and academia to Michigan Tech. But it is his compassion for humanity and the environment that drives him and his mission to thread process safety into our campus DNA. Read the full story on Unscripted.