‘Prudent Practices’ is out, UCLA lab safety center established

I’ve got two safety-related stories out online today:

‘Prudent Practices’ Updated: The new edition of Prudent Practices in the Laboratory is out, at last!

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.

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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  1. I attended the announcement made by Dr. Gibson about the new Center. An example of what it may do, he said, was validate the claim that Nomex lab coats offer enhanced protection to a person in a lab.
    Evidence based risk assessment is always good. It will be interesting to see what comes out of this new endeavor.

    On the plus side, the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety would be the logical peer-reviewed vene to publish the research of this Center.

    Perhaps this will foster a strong working partnership between CHAS, the Center, and ACS.

  2. JCHS might be a logical venue for publication, if it wasn’t only found in Science Direct or available in print for $550. It seems a shame that the ACS DCHS didn’t consider a OA publisher like BioMedCentral as a venue for this important information.
    JHCS is not indexed in Web of Science.