In order to promote positive change to safety culture in the labs of UT, the Lab Safety Committee established the Lab Safety Culture Awards Subcommittee at the beginning of this year. The theme for the second category of awards was spring cleaning: applicants shared recent lab clean out efforts and demonstrated methods to good lab housekeeping in place in their labs. This award highlighted the importance of housekeeping in attaining and maintaining clarity of thought, tone setting for good research, clutter-free focus, and developing positive work habits.
The winners of the first round of awards are:
1st place: Ahmed Bettaieb – Assistant Professor in Nutrition
2nd place: Joey O’Dell – Collections Manager in Anthropology
3rd place: Dipu Ahmed – Graduate Student in Chemistry
New lab safety culture award categories will be announced quarterly. Submissions are open to everyone involved in research or working in a lab at UT. Announcements of new awards are sent through the Lab Safety ListServ, found on flyers around campus, and communicated during events. Please email Brian Ranger at email@example.com to request to be added to the Lab Safety ListServ if you are not already enrolled.