I’ve got two safety-related stories out online today:
New Center Will Promote Lab Safety: UCLA has established a new UC Center for Laboratory Safety to study the effectiveness of things such as training and inspection programs. I think UCLA is up against two main challenges here: One is to identify metrics to measure effectiveness, especially retrospectively. The other is securing external funding–it’s not like agencies are issuing requests for proposals in the area of lab safety research (to my knowledge, anyway). But the school deserves credit for trying, and I’ll be interested to see how the center develops.