—New Center Will Promote Lab Safety “Academe: University of California, Los Angeles, effort will study effectiveness of lab safety programs” A first-of-its-kind laboratory safety center has been established at University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA officials announced on March 30. The UC Center for Laboratory Safety, they say, will support research into the effectiveness of lab safety programs, including safety training and inspections. UCLA changed its lab safety training and inspection programs after the death of researcher Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji from injuries she sustained in a 2008 chemistry lab accident. One of the goals of the new center is to determine whether those changes have actually reduced accidents and injuries, says Nancy Wayne, a professor of physiology and UCLA's associate vice chancellor of research overseeing lab safety. Researchers at the new center will also work to collaborate with other universities, government, and industry to compare and contrast the effects of different safety programs on research labs at various institutions, Wayne says. Wayne chairs the center's advisory board. James H. Gibson, director of UCLA's Office of Environment, Health & Safety, is the center's executive director.
by Jyllian Kemsley |
March 30, 2011