The UC Center for Laboratory Safety (UCCLS) was created to improve the practice of laboratory safety through the performance of scientific research and implementation of best safety practices in the laboratory. The Center operates under the oversight of the UC Center for Laboratory Safety Advisory Board with technical support from the UCLA Office of Environment, Health and Safety.

The UC Center for Laboratory Safety White Paper can be viewed here.


Accident Investigation UH Manoa

UCCLS conducted an investigation of the March 16, 2016 explosion in a laboratory at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. UCCLS' reports on the accident were released by UH Manoa. View the report on the Technical Analysis of the Accident and Recommendations for Improvements in UH Laboratory Safety Programs. The results of the foresnic tests can be viewed here.

Webinar on APLU Guidlines and Toolkit

UCCLS together with BioRAFT organized a webinar on how the APLU Guidlines and Toolkit can be implemented in academic insitituions. Visit our ARTICLES page to view the webinar. 

Workshop on Laboratory Safety

UCCLS organized a workshop Safety by Design in April 2016. The workshop was organized together with NIH's Division of Occupational Health and Safety, Northwestn University and the UC office of the President.  Visit the EVENTS page to view some of the talks.

The next workshop will be held in 2018 and will be co-sponored by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Laboratory safety attitudes and practices: A comparison of academic, government, and industry researchers 
I. Schröder, D.Y.Q. Huang, O. Ellis, J.H. Gibson, N.L. Wayne, 2015, J Chem Health and Safety; In Press

Our 2015 publication on the comparison of academic, government, and industry researchers illustrates a better safety behavior by industry researchers. The study is based on a survey on laboratory safety, and self-reported PPE compliance behavior was used as the measure. The same study illuminates the positive impact that PIs in academic research laboratories have on student PPE compliance behavior. Moreover, if PIs or their designated laboratory supervisor are actively engaged in promoting research safety, a significant reduction in lab-related accident was observed. Read more