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 .


Workshop on Laboratory Safety

The 2018 Laboratory Safety Workshop was held on May 6-8, 2018 in Chicago, IL. The Workshop was co-sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS). For more information visit our EVENTS page.

Proceedings of the 2016 workshop Safety by Design - Improving safety in research laboratories  

E. Czornyj, D. Newcomer, I. Schroeder, N.L. Wayne, C.A. Merlic, 2018, J Chem Health and Safety
The report summarizes the major outcomes of the 2016 Workshop on Laboratory Safety and describes specific actions to improve laboratory safety culture. Read more.

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.

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 Guidelines 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. 

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

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