I haven't been able to get the link to the actual survey to work yet, but I thought that DCHAS-L readers would be interested in this initiative.
UC Center for Lab Safety, BioRAFT, and Nature Publishing Group Launch Survey to Study Laboratory Safety
14 June 2012
Contact: Grace Baynes
Head of Corporate Communications, Nature Publishing Group
T: +44 (0)20 7843 4063
The international Laboratory Safety Culture Survey will gather data on researchers' safety practices and attitudes; information to provide guidance for future safety policies and procedures
The University of California Center for Laboratory Safety, BioRAFT, and Nature Publishing Group have joined forces to launch an international survey to identify issues impacting laboratory safety. The survey invites tens of thousands of researchers to anonymously answer questions about lab safety practices and attitudes. The results will provide information needed to design policies and lab safety programs that protect researchers from harm without unduly impacting their work, that reduce institutional risk, and that can be used to develop software solutions that ease compliance oversight and management.
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. Researchers who do not receive a direct invitation are encouraged to complete the survey at go.nature.com/7LDJlI. Institution leaders who wish to contribute are urged to distribute this press release to their research community.
Laboratory safety practices are coming under increased scrutiny following several accidents that have resulted in injuries or death. Many institutions implement or alter policies with the intent of improving laboratory safety, but without independent evidence and an understanding of existing culture, they cannot ensure that they are achieving the desired results. This survey is the first step to gather data required to study these issues more closely, and to better understand the reality of modern-day lab safety from the perspective of the researcher.
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