Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Issues National Lab Safety Guide
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Task Force on Laboratory Safety today released its Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture in our Universities. The task force, which included Joanne Polzien, executive director of compliance, integrity and safety in the Michigan Tech Vice President for Research’s office, has been working on the guide since March 2015.
The task force was appointed to analyze common risks within academic laboratories, assess innovative mechanics to manage lab accident, examine regulatory and other national initiatives and develop recommendations for the APLU Council of Research.
The guide and website include 20 recommendations, each with an analysis of the alignment of the recommendation with other reports, reading lists, tools, strategies, examples, and/or best practices. These resources were selected to help an appointed campus team navigate the process of strengthening their culture of safety.
“Serving on the Lab Safety Task force has been an exciting and rewarding experience,” said Polzien. “As we strengthen our efforts to promote a culture of safety for our faculty, staff and students on our campus, the guidelines and resources developed by this group will help at all levels of implementation.”
President Glenn Mroz commented: “Since Michigan Tech joined the universities who have pledged to commit their institutions to a renewed emphasis on research safety, we have looked forward eagerly to these recommendations and guidelines. We are proud of our participation in the process and look forward to making research safety one more cornerstone of our reputation as a world-class research university.”