Excellence in Laboratory Safety Awards

VCR Randy Katz, Michael Boreen and Trevor Lohrey from the Arnold Group, and Professor Lane Martin, who won the grand prize last year.

The winners of the 2018 Excellence in Laboratory Safety Awards have been announced! Principal investigators and lab safety coordinators for each lab were recognized for their demonstrated commitment to safe practices and promotion of a positive lab safety culture on the Berkeley campus.

Vice Chancellor for Research Randy H. Katz delivered the awards at a ceremony held at The Faculty Club on February 27, 2019.

The grand prize was awarded to the Arnold group, headed by Professor John Arnold from the College of Chemistry. Lab safety coordinators Michael Boreen and Trevor Lohrey accepted the award on Prof. Arnold’s behalf.

The Arnold Group sets a high bar for campus safety culture. Professor Arnold is always available to discuss problems that are affecting his own lab, as well as other labs in their department and college. His group generates creative solutions to challenging safety problems and shares those solutions with others, including safety resources they collect from colleagues overseas. Their lab safety coordinators are top-notch; they are helpful, engaged, and they take their jobs seriously.

Prof. Lane Martin passed on the grand prize trophy to the Arnold Group, which had been awarded to his lab last year.

The award program was developed by EH&S in 2015. Every year, it distinguishes small and large labs in four categories including chemical sciences, life sciences, field sciences, and physical sciences for their demonstrated commitment to safety. The labs are evaluated based on the variety of hazards they are confronted with, the findings from EH&S lab inspections, the strength of safety leadership by the principal investigator, and the follow-up and communications of the lab safety coordinator. From among the labs that win within these categories, a grand prize winner is selected and awarded the Excellence in Laboratory Safety trophy.



Previous Winners of the UC Berkeley Excellence in Laboratory Safety Award


Eligibility and Prizes


Categories and Criteria