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Tuesday, September 23 • 9:20am - 10:35am
(CE) ERM and Research Safety: Lessons from the University of California

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CSHEMA Partnerned Session: The death of UCLA researcher Sheri Sangji in 2008, and the subsequent criminal charges filed related to her death has elevated the discussions of laboratory safety at campuses across the nation. The American Chemical Society has issued several publications regarding laboratory safety culture and the National Academies of Science formed a task force to provide recommendations on how to improve research and laboratory safety in academic institutions.
While these publications will help provide further evidence that improvements in laboratory operations are needed; the primary focus appears to be concentrated on improving regulatory compliance and enforcing existing rules. The University of California is looking beyond regulatory compliance by leveraging its enterprise risk management program to evaluate and improve its research operations. By understanding the operational, financial, hazard, compliance, and reputational risks associated with research operations, the UC system has committed resources that not only improve safety in its laboratories, but optimize risk that is essential for innovation in a research environment. This has led to a systemwide policies on laboratory safety, purchase of laboratory coats, development of systemwide laboratory safety training, and the development of software that enables safe research and improves research operations.
Learning Objectives:
 Increased understanding of the impact that research operations have on operational, hazard, financial, and strategic risks.
 Understanding of the changing regulatory and funding landscape that will affect research operations in the future.
 How to leverage an enterprise risk management approach drive change and implement new programs.

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Ken Smith

Executive Director of EH&S, University of California, Office of the President
| | Ken has served the UC system for 24 years in the areas of Radiation Safety and Research Safety. An alumnus of UC Santa Cruz, Ken received his degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Ken holds board certifications in both Industrial Hygiene and Health Physics. | | Ken is a nationally recognized expert in Health and Safety in complex research environments. He has been an invited speaker for organizations such as the American... Read More →

Erike Young

Global Safety Manager, Google (formerly with University of California)
Erike Young is the director of environment, health, and safety for the University of California (UC), Office of the President. As the director of EH&S, Mr. Young is responsible for providing system-wide direction, coordination, and assistance to the campuses, hospitals, and national laboratories in the development, implementation, and maintenance of policies, procedures, and programs necessary to maintain a safe and healthy environment for... Read More →

Tuesday September 23, 2014 9:20am - 10:35am
Salon E