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Workshop 2023

Save the Date for the 2023 Workshop on lab safety! The theme is Human Factors: Safety and Technology and it will be from September 17-19th, 2023 on the UCLA campus.

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About the Workshop

When: September 17-19, 2023
Where: Covel Commons on UCLA Campus, 330 De Neve Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90095

The 2023 Workshop will be 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 to improve laboratory safety. Organizational policies, safety software, technology, and more work for and with humans. This year's theme, "Human Factors: Safety and Technology," will explore the complex and dynamic relationship between people, organizational factors, safety, and technology.

During the Workshop, participants will form Workgroups to engage collaboratively with each other and discuss topics at the intersection of laboratory safety and technology. After discussion, Workgroups will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the greater Workshop and hear the conclusions of other Workgroups. Interested in participating in a Workgroup? Check out this year's Workgroup Session Topics below:


The specific objectives of the Workshop will be:

  1. Identify human factors design principles
  2. Explore common pitfalls of safety technology and software in the laboratory safety sphere
  3. Discuss best practices for human-centric safety technology


Need a downloadable version? You can find it here:

Sunday, September 17th

Location: Covel Commons




3:00 PM - 5:00 PM   Registration Open
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM   Opening Remarks and Acknowledgement of the Gabrielino/Tongva Peoples | Craig Merlic
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDF

Keynote: There Are No Accidents | Jessie Singer
Introduced by Craig Merlic

6:00 PM - 6:50 PM   Workgroup Icebreaker
6:55 PM - 7:00 PM   Welcoming Remarks | Gene Block
Introduced by Curtis Plotkin
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM   Networking Dinner with Awards Presentation

Monday, September 18th

Location: Covel Commons

time FILE event
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM   Registration
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM   Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM - 8:40 AM   Welcoming Remarks | Craig Merlic
8:40 AM - 9:25 AM PDF Human Factors in Machine Learning for Laboratory Safety | Jessica Baweja
Moderated by Craig Merlic
9:25 AM - 10:10 AM PDF Human Factors, Design, and Safety in the Laboratory | Camille Peres
Moderated by Craig Merlic
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM   Coffee Break
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM PDF Artificial Intelligence: Unleashing New Tools, Ethics & Risks, and Changes Coming | Janette Ducut
Moderated by Brent Cooley
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM PDF Interactive Panel Discussion on AI in Safety | Alisha Klatt, Justin Sabo, and Imke Schroeder
Moderated by Ken Smith
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM   Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM PDF AI and the Modernization of Chemical Hazards and Safety Data Management Systems | Kevin Fenton
Moderated by Brent Cooley
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM   Workgroup Sessions Introduction | Imke Schroeder
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM   Workgroup Sessions & Coffee
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM   Poster Session, Vendor Displays, and Reception
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM   Networking Dinner

Tuesday, September 19th

Location: Covel Commons

time FILE event
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM   Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PDF Decision Analysis Methods for a Strong Safety Culture | Tom Krause
Moderated by Derek Newcomer
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM PDF Student-Led Safety Teams (LSTs): Strengthening Academic Lab Safety from the Bottom Up | Daniel Hu
Moderated by Derek Newcomer
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM   Panel on Student Safety Groups | Brayley GattisDaniel Hu, Kevin Koshiro, and Ethan Raffman
Moderated by Sarah Zinn
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM   Coffee Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDF-A
Plenary Session Part I: Summary Presentation from Workgroup Teams (4 groups, 10 min with 5 min Q&A)
Moderated by Mary Corrigan

A - AI Solutions for Laboratory Safety
B - Lab Safety Technology
C - Fire Safety in the Laboratory
D - Safety Best Practices for Maker Spaces
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM   Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDF-E
Plenary Session Part II: Summary Presentation from Workgroup Teams (4 groups, 10 min with 5 min Q&A)
Moderated by Mary Corrigan

E - Preventing Incidents
F - Communicating Lessons Learned
G - Addressing Human Factors
H - Ethics, Obligations, and Lab Safety
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM   Closing Remarks | Craig Merlic and Imke Schroeder

Workshop Organizers

This Workshop is organized by representatives from the American Chemical Society (ACS), Division of Occupational Health and Safety at NIH, Harvard University, Michigan Tech University, Northwestern University, UC Center for Laboratory Safety, UC Office of the President, and UCLA. Thank you tremendously to the Workshop Organizing Committee, whose hard work made the Workshop possible:


And thank you to the 2023 WLS sponsors!


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