University of Utah Lab Safety Culture Town Hall

January 14, 2019

Dear All,

In August 2018, President Ruth Watkins initiated a University of Utah Lab Safety Culture Task Force, designed to evaluate the current state of campus laboratory safety programs, policies, and procedures for safe laboratory practices—including the acquisition, storage, use, and disposal of hazardous materials. The Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU) has created a Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture, to provide recommendations for our campus.

We want to be sure all of our university systems are set up to support faculty and researchers who are legally and financially responsible for the safety of our students and colleagues in research, teaching labs, and off-campus research spaces. Changes are coming, and we need your ideas! We have organized two town hall meetings to gather input on how to create One Safe U!

January 25th, 2019 | 1:00pm-3:00pm
Thatcher Chemistry Building (TBBC); Seminar Room 4630

February 4th, 2019 | 11:00am-1:00pm
Eccles Institute of Human Genetics (EIHG); Gesteland-White Auditorium

Each session will be one hour long, with an opportunity after the session to share direct, one-on-one feedback with the U of U Lab Safety Culture Task Force members.

Please share this invitation with your faculty, and encourage them to attend. We strongly recommend that at least one representative from your unit or college participate in one of the meetings above. Can’t attend the physical meeting? Please share your thoughts and ideas using this ONLINE SURVEY.

Feel free to contact Tyler Matsamas in the Vice President for Research Office with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Very sincerely,


Cynthia Furse
Associate Vice President for Research
& Professor of Electrical Engineering

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