In April, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) issued its report, A Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture in Our Universities. This important document, as we noted at the time, is more than an urgent call to university leadership to enlist everyone, from senior administrators to incoming students, in efforts to upgrade safety practices in their labs; it also gives detailed guidance for how to go about accomplishing this. To help get those efforts underway, APLU is teaming up with the University of California (UC) Center for Laboratory Safety and the lab safety firm BioRAFT to present a free 1.5-hour webinar on 30 June for researchers, environmental health and safety workers, campus administrators, and anyone else interested in safer labs.
“Improve Lab Safety Culture: Acting on the APLU Guidelines” will introduce participants to the guide; explain how people in various campus roles can join in improving lab safety; and show researchers how they can help keep the guide, its resources, and its website up to date. Speakers will be Mark McLellan, vice president for research and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Utah State University in Logan, and Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who co-chaired the report task force; task force member Nancy Wayne, associate vice chancellor for research and professor of physiology at UC Los Angeles; and Kacy Redd, APLU’s director of science and mathematics education policy and a task force staff member. An archived version of the webinar will be available for those who want to watch it later.