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Laboratory safety survey launched

A new survey has launched to study research laboratory safety. Jointly sponsored by the University of California Center for Laboratory Safety, BioRAFT, and Nature Publishing Group, ”The survey asks questions about types of materials used in research, training practices and policies, and attitudes and beliefs about existing safety practices and their impact on research,” according to a press release.

Research laboratory workers worldwide can take the survey at go.nature.com/7LDJlI. It will be open at least until July 5.

The UC Center for Laboratory Safety was established a year ago, with the stated goal of studying the effectiveness of lab safety programs. BioRAFT develops lab management software for safety and compliance. One of the company’s investors is Digital Science; Digital Science and Nature Publishing Group are both divisions of Macmillan Publishers.

The ACS Division of Chemical Health & Safety did its own survey in 2010, although the results were difficult to interpret. None of the division, the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety, nor ACS Publications was asked to participate in the new effort, representatives of the organizations say.

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