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Laboratory Safety and Teacher Certification - July 2015

By James A. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Laboratory Safety Institute

The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) has completed a multi-year study of the States’ certification requirements for science teachers. Only eight out of 57 States and Territories (12%) have a written requirement that a person must know something about lab safety to become a certified science teacher in their jurisdiction. LSI believes that the “Next Generation” of science teacher must be required by state and federal government certification programs to know and understand lab safety....Read More

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LSI travels to Thailand - September 2014

In September, LSI presented courses in Thailand for groups of 20 to 150 participants. The largest was at Chulalongkorn University.


LSI Travels to Kuala Lumur - August 2014

With the assistance of LSI’s new representative in Malaysia, Lydia Lim, the 24-hour boot camp was offered this August in Kuala Lumpur.


LSI presents at NAOSMM - August 2014

In August, LSI provided two one-day courses and a presentation in Indianapolis at the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Materials Managers NAOSMM).


National Academic Research Safety Award- Summer 2014

The Laboratory Safety Institute has created a national safety award for the Academic Principal Investigator whose research group has the best lab safety program.

We are asking Environmental Health and Safety departments at universities to nominate the PI at their institution with the best lab safety program.

It’s time to balance some of the “what’s wrong” with “what’s right”. It’s time to change the paradigm. Help us achieve this … with a little praise and a thank you.

We always need more opportunities to say “Thank You”. This National Award will be a wonderful way to do it. LSI has identified a generous sponsor, Safety Stratus. They have pledged $1,000 and LSI has matched it. 

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LSI offers a Free Model Chemical Hygiene Plan to K-14 Schools*

*To help reduce the number of science safety accidents in high school classrooms and to encourage science safety in STEM education, the Laboratory Safety Institute is making available a FREE editable copy of its Chemical Hygiene Plan: School Edition to all K–12 schools and two-year colleges. To receive download instructions, please e-mail and be sure to indicate your school name or affiliation.


Four Cities in China - May 2014

In May, Agilent Technologies invited LSI to make two-hour lab safety presentations in China.  We visited four cities, Tianjin, Huizhou, Nanjing, and Shanghai.  About four hundred lab workers and supervisors from medical, forensic, petroleum, industry and government laboratories attended.  The presentations focused on “How to Create a More Effective Lab Safety Program.


World Traveler - 5/31/12

Agilent Technologies invited LSI and Dr. James Kaufman to speak at a Laboratory Management Forum in Beijing.  The forum was attended by 150 lab managers from throughout China.  Dr. Kaufman spoke on “Creating a More Effective Lab Safety Program” and distributed copies of the Mandarin version of LSI’s “Laboratory Safety Guidelines” (free copies are available on request).

Agilent Technologies is a world-wide leader in analytical instrumentation for laboratories.  They are a 1999 spin-off of Hewlett-Packard.  A second management forum is planned for next year in Shanghai for 300 lab managers.



 LAB TECH 2011

October 9-12, 2012
Place: Doha, Qatar at the Ritz Carlton

LSI Director Dr. James Kaufman traveled to the Middle East this week to give a keynote address at the LAB TECH 2011 conference.  This was the second LAB TECH conference, the first back in 2008 was held in Bahrain where the Gulf Cost Countries Lab Managers Association was founded (GCC). 

This years conference featured sixty exhibitors from twenty countries world wide.  There was three hundred and fifty participants in attendance. Dr. Kaufman's keynote address was titled "Leadership in Safety: the Lab Managers role".  After the speeches, a panel discussion was held where Dr. Kaufman addressed concerns regarding training and qualifications of lab managers.

The next LAB TECH conference will be held in Kuwait in 2013.


LSI Mentioned in a News Article

Scientists in the Spotlight

Nathan Watson, CEO of BioRAFT and board member of The Laboratory Safety Institute shares his insight on the past, present and future of laboratory safety.


LSI Trains 95 School Science Teachers in Doha, Qatar

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LSI Trains on-site in the USA and around the world.  If you would like to set up an on-site training

or learn more please contact: Mary Thompson

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