Lab Safety Is Tackled as a Problem of Behaviors as Much as Standards

Lab Safety Is Tackled as a Problem of Behaviors as Much as Standards 1

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The National Research Council is beginning a yearlong analysis of what can be done to stop a rash of lab accidents on university campuses. In a relatively new approach, behavioral scientists will take part in the review.

Safety advocates have been holding out hope that the unprecedented criminal prosecution of a University of California professor, Patrick G. Harran, might finally persuade researchers to take laboratory safety more seriously.

But the federally chartered National Research Council isn't waiting to find out.

The council, an independent provider of scientific advice, plans on Wednesday to convene a commission to begin a yearlong analysis of what steps might help quell a rash of lab