Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 10:33:34 -0400
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Subject: UCLA Lab Safety Shows Improvements
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Note that the UCLA's report is 91 pages long...

- Ralph

July 21, 2009

UCLA Lab Safety Shows Improvements

LOS ANGELES - In response to the December lab death of one of its
students, UCLA conducted a study on the safety of its research
laboratories. The study, released July 20, concludes that the school has
made progress in protecting campus lab workers but should do more.

On Dec. 29, UCLA research assistant Sheri Sangji, 23, was working on an
organic chemistry experiment when she was severely burned after the
chemical compound she was working on caught fire. Two and a half weeks
later she died of her injuries.

Sangjis death prompted the creation of UCLAs campus-wide Laboratory
Safety Committee (LSC). The LSC report highlights the schools
significant and existing efforts and resources dedicated to lab safety.
It also describes many of the recent improvements that were put into
place following the December laboratory accident. That said, several
areas were identified that need improvement.

The report recommends UCLA:
- Improve and Expand Outreach and Training
- Increase Accountability and Oversight
- Improve Laboratory Design
- Improve Inventory and Recordkeeping

To read the full report, click here:

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