Student involvement in improving the culture of safety in academic laboratories

Kathryn A. McGarry, Katie R. Hurley, Kelly A. Volp, Ian M. Hill, Brian A. Merritt, Katie L. Peterson, P. Alex Rudd, Nicholas C. Erickson, Lori A. Seiler, Pankaj Gupta, Frank S. Bates, William B. Tolman

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An effective way of addressing the need for an improved culture of safety in research-intensive science departments is described, which involves enabling leadership by graduate student and postdoctoral associate laboratory safety officers (LSOs). In partnership with The Dow Chemical Company, LSOs from the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota formed a Joint Safety Team. With helpful input from Dow, the team has played a key role in improving the culture and practice of safety in both departments, providing support for use of this model for inculcating safety as a core value and an integral part of academic life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1414-1417
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 12 2013


  • Collaborative/Cooperative Learning
  • Graduate Education/Research
  • Laboratory Management
  • Safety/Hazards
  • TA Training/Orientation


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