Workshop 2021

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2021 Workshop on Laboratory Safety:

Advancing Safety in Teaching and Research

Virtual, May 3-5, 2021

Program


About the Workshop

The 2021 Workshop provided a unique forum for researchers from academia, government laboratories, and industry to work together with EH&S experts and administrators from funding, regulatory and other organizations with the common goal of developing ideas to improve laboratory safety.

The specific objectives of the Workshop were:

  1. Identify means of engaging researchers in laboratory safety
  2. Identify best safety practices for teaching labs
  3. Explore ways in which graduate students can lead research safety efforts

Day 1 (May 3, 2021)

Introductory Remarks by Craig Merlic, Ph.D. (Executive Director of UC Center for Laboratory Safety and Professor of Chemistry, UCLA)

Laboratory Biosafety: The Leader's Role, Keynote Talk by David Franz, Ph.D. (Retired Army Colonel, Former Commander, US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and former Deputy Commander of the Medical Research and Material Command) View pdf of presentation

Engaging Researchers in Safety by Colin Dimock (Assistant Vice Chancellor, EH&S, UCLA) View pdf of presentation

A Human Factors Perspective on Safety Culture by Caren Wenner, Ph.D. (Senior Manager, Weapons Infrastructure Program, Sandia National Laboratories) View pdf of presentation

Day 2 (May 4, 2021)

Welcoming Remarks by Imke Schroeder, PhD (Research Project Manager, UC Center for Laboratory Safety, UCLA)

Integrating chemical safety into the undergraduate curriculum: Can one person make a difference? by Sammye Sigmann (Senior Lecturer, Appalachian State University) View pdf of presentation

Using psychological science to promote a healthy safety culture in the laboratory by Stephanie Payne, Ph.D. (Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Texas A&M) View pdf of presentation

Panel discussion on Student Safety Engagement

Moderated by Jessica Martin (Graduate Student, University of Connecticut)
Taysir Bader (Graduate Student, University of Minnesota)
Mario Cosio (Graduate Student, Texas A&M University)
Kate McKnelly (Lecturer in Chemistry, University of California at Irvine)
Megan Wasson (Graduate Student, Northwestern University)

Computational methods to predict physicochemical properties and toxicological endpoints of chemicals by Kamel Mansuri, Ph.D. (Staff Scientist, National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods) View pdf of presentation

Day 3 (May 5, 2021)

Welcoming Remarks by Colin Dimock (Assistant Vice Chancellor, EH&S, UCLA)

Summary Presentations by Workgroups:

Team A Laboratory Safety in the Teaching Lab View pdf of presentation
Team C Safety of Undergraduate Student in Research Labs View pdf of presentation
Team D Student-led Lab Safety Initiatives View pdf of presentation
Team E Laboratory Safety Coordinators/Managers View pdf of presentation|
Team G-1 PI Engagement in Safety View pdf of presentation
Team G-2 PI Engagement in Safety View pdf of presentation
Team H Lab Inspections View pdf of presentation
Team I Laboratory-Specific Emergency Preparedness/Response Plans/ Planning for Research Continuity After Emergencies View pdf of presentation
Team L Academic-Industrial Laboratory Safety Initiatives View pdf of presentation
Team N Interdisciplinary Research View pdf of presentation
Team O Safety in Maker Spaces and Core Facilities View pdf of presentation

Conversation on the long-term impact of COVID-19 on academic life, research, and lab safety with Ken Smith (Executive Director, EH&S, UC Office of the President, Craig Merlic, Ph.D. (Executive Director of UC Center for Laboratory Safety and Professor of Chemistry, UCLA) and Mary Kirchhoff, Ph.D. (Executive Vice President, ACS Scientific Advancement Division)

Closing Remarks by Imke Schroeder, PhD (Research Project Manager, UC Center for Laboratory Safety, UCLA)

Safety Leadership Award by the UC Center for Laboratory Safety

Recognition of Lori Seiler, Director for Global Research & Development Environmental Health & Safety for The Dow Chemical Company, for leading the “Dow Safety Academy” which initiated and helped sustained the student grass roots safety organization at universities across the US.

Poster Session

View abstracts of posters.

Organizing Committee:

Michael Blayney (Executive Director, Research Safety, Northwestern University)
Marta Gmurczyk (Manager of Safety Programs, ACS)
Mary Kirchhoff (Education Division Director, ACS)
Jessica Martin (Graduate Student, University of Connecticut)
Craig Merlic (Executive Director, UC Center for Laboratory Safety)  
Derek Newcomer (Chief, Technical Assistance Branch, Division of Occupational Health and Safety, NIH)
Imke Schroeder (Senior Research Project Manager, UC Center for Laboratory Safety)
Ken Smith (Executive Director, EH&S, UC Office of the President)

A big Thank You to:

Beth Kellman and Berni Fitzsimmons (UCOP Events) for hosting the Virtual Workshop

We are grateful to our sponsors who make the 2021 Workshop possible! 

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