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The UC Center for Laboratory Safety (UCCLS) was created to improve laboratory safety by conducting research to provide evidence-based best safety practices in the laboratory. UCCLS 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.



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Recent Publications

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       Latest Lessons Learned

Researcher Exposed by Confusing Ethanol with Formalin

Researcher Exposed to Herpes B Virus during Surgical Procedure

Combing Unknown Waste Caused Freak Reaction


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2020 Workshop on Laboratory Safety is now the 2021 Workshop on Laboratory Safety!
Our 2020 Workshop on Laboratory Safety at UCLA will be rescheduled due to Covid-19 to May 2021. 
Visit our event page for updates.

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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 forensic tests can be viewed here  . 


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The UC Center for Laboratory Safety and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Nancy Wayne Received National Awards for Promoting Laboratory Safety

The UC Center for Laboratory Safety received the 2017 Innovation Award of Honor from the Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) for promoting laboratory safety at UCLA. Nancy Wayne, an associate Vice Chancellor for Research, was honored with a 2017 Campus Leader Who Cares Award of Honor. Read more. 

Proceedings of the 2018 Laboratory Safety Workshop: Hazard and Risk Management in the Laboratory