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BioRAFT will be at the Southern Biosafety Association 2016 Spring Symposium from May 19-20

Southern Biosafety Association 2016 Spring Symposium

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

May 19-20, 2016


BioRAFT will be attending the Southern Biosafety Association 2016 Spring Symposium at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.

Come by and say hi, meet some of our team, and learn how BioRAFT’s enterprise solution can help your EHS team and your organization improve laboratory safety and management.

Not familiar with BioRAFT? Take a look at our explainer video below:

Thoughts from the UC Center for Laboratory Safety's Safety by Design Workshop

From April 10-12, I attended the “Safety by Design - Workshop on Improving Safety in Research Laboratories” at NIH in Bethesda, MD. This event was organized and funded by University of California Center for Laboratory Safety (UCCLS) and NIH. It brought safety professionals, researchers, and university leaders from across the country into one place to talk about the challenging subject.

It was exciting to be a part of such an active and vocal community of people that aren’t typically found in a room together. Although there were many sessions and breakout groups covering a range of topics, a few stood out to me:

  • Principal Investigators (PIs) have the greatest power to improve laboratory safety through direct influence and mentorship of their researchers. As a safety community, we need to identify more effective ways to encourage and support PIs to be active in establishing a proactive safety culture in their labs.
  • There is a growing need for communication and collaboration when it comes to laboratory safety. It is easy to lose track of the fact that many of us face the same challenges, so as a community we need to work together to share our failures and successes, program plans, and training materials.
  • EHS professionals can benefit from fostering soft skills to build better working relationships with their researchers. When EHS professionals are seen as friendly faces and not the “safety police”, it lowers the barriers for researchers to adopt better safety practices and to reach out to EHS for help with a laboratory safety issue before it escalates.

Finally, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) announced the release of their project: The Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture. This guide is a call to action for universities, suggesting that all levels of the organization, from the President to undergraduates, commit to improving laboratory safety culture. It collects and organizes over 100 articles and resources related to laboratory safety best practices into one website, and is regularly updated with new resources. If you have a resource you believe should be included, you can suggest it here.

My sincere thanks go out to everyone that took the time to travel to Bethesda to make this workshop great.


Disclosure: I serve on the UC Center for Laboratory Safety Board of Directors, and BioRAFT was a sponsor of the Safety by Design Workshop. BioRAFT sponsored the event so that more laboratory researchers could afford to attend and participate in the Safety by Design Workshop.


Webinar: Simplifying Laboratory Safety Training for Researchers with BioRAFT

Simplifying Laboratory Safety Training for Researchers with BioRAFT

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 1:00PM - 2:00 PM EDT


Research Institutions struggle to manage laboratory safety training in a way that does not distract, frustrate, or burden researchers. BioRAFT offers a way to track all the training requirements of your researchers, to deliver your content in smaller, more targeted modules, and to view and manage your institution's training compliance more comprehensively and in less time. Furthermore, BioRAFT integrates with other solutions to allow its benefits to augment the systems you have in place if desired.

This is a FREE 60 minute webinar demonstrating the use and application of BioRAFT's software for Laboratory Safety Training.

Learning Objectives

  • Automate the assignment of training requirements based on job activities
  • Deliver training content online to maximize flexibility and convenience for researchers
  • Eliminate manual tracking and follow-up for training requirements
  • View the training compliance of individuals, laboratories, departments and the institution through dashboards


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