October is National Biosafety Month

For the fourth consecutive year, the National Institutes of Health has designated October as National Biosafety Month. This year’s theme is promoting biosafety through good governance. During the month of October, institutions are encouraged to highlight the importance of biosafety and to undertake activities to strengthen their biosafety programs. To celebrate this year, the IBC Administrative Staff and EH&S Biosafety … Read More

3Rs Pilot Studies Call for Proposals – Deadline for Submission: November 10, 2017

The Research Safety & Animal Welfare Administration (RSAWA) is pleased to announce the Fall 2017 3Rs funding opportunity, provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Aim of Award: The aim of the program is to promote and support pilot studies designed to replace the use of animals in research, reduce the numbers of animals necessary, or refine … Read More

Integration of SafetyNet and Worksafe

We are pleased to announce that SafetyNet is now integrated with Worksafe, the EH&S system for tracking trainings. You will notice several changes when you login to SafetyNet. Team Members popup window: When you add an individual to the Team Members page of the BUA, you will immediately see information related to whether the required training is (a) current, (b) … Read More

Announcement of UCLA Institutional Biosafety Plan

On behalf of the Biosafety Division of UCLA Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) and the UCLA Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), we are pleased to present the UCLA Institutional Biosafety Plan. The Plan details expectations for the use, storage and transfer of biological materials in alignment with Federal and State regulations and guidelines in support of UCLA’s goal to prevent workplace … Read More

New Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) website

I am pleased to inform you that we have launched a new website for Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC): http://rsawa.research.ucla.edu/dure Dual use research refers to scientific activities conducted for legitimate purposes that generate knowledge, information, technologies, and/or products that can be utilized for both benevolent and harmful purposes. Conceivably, much of research could be considered dual use. The effective … Read More

Important Information for Anesthetic Gas Users

In partnership with Associate Vice Chancellor for Research–Laboratory Safety Nancy Wayne, the Industrial Hygiene Program in Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) has launched an effort to raise awareness regarding hazards associated with exposure to isoflurane and other halogenated anesthetics. The attached Fact Sheet on Waste Anesthetic Gases was developed to inform the research community of this issue and to provide … Read More

IMPORTANT NOTICE: New Species-Specific Training Requirement

As you know, UCLA uses the nationally recognized Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program to train animal users on regulatory guidelines and individual responsibilities. UCLA uses CITI because the content is extensively reviewed, critiqued and updated; the program meets federal requirements; and certification is transferable to and from other institutions. In addition to the Animal Research course that has been … Read More

New Outreach Initiative: Come See Our World

Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) has launched a new outreach initiative aimed at increasing transparency around animal research. “Come See Our World” (CSOW) is a program that relies on the public display and distribution of photographs and videos that accurately reflect animal care and research. From the website: Come See Our World (CSOW) is your window into the world of … Read More

Laboratory Animal Allergens – What Are the Risks?

What are lab animal allergies and occupational asthma? Laboratory Animal Allergies (LAA) and Occupational Asthma (OA) develop from exposure to animal allergens, and are among the most common, serious occupational diseases of workers exposed to animals in laboratories. Please review the Lab Animal Allergies & Occupational Asthma fact sheet to learn how to prevent LAA and OA. The ARC encourages all … Read More

I.N. for Safety Announcement

Due to the overwhelming number of inspiring nominations (over 100 nominations for more than 60 individuals), selection of the winners has been delayed. We expect to be able to announce the winners by no later than July 2017. We want to thank everyone who has taken the time out of their day to nominate those who work tirelessly to keep … Read More