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Dangerous Lab Conditions: Not only at UCLA

An article today in the respected academic journal Science suggests that the conditions that led to the death of an employee in a laboratory fire at UCLA were not an anomaly. One senior professor at a top research university who also had long experience in industry told Science that a "culture of safety" is seriously lacking in university labs, which often present conditions worse than those in private industry.

"My company would never have gotten away with or tolerated a lot of the conditions that we tolerate in universities," the researcher (whose identity was anonymous) reported.

Naveen Sangji, sister of Sheri, who was killed in the UCLA lab fire and a student at Harvard Medical School in Boston, told Science that "Scientists ... need to understand that they are responsible for human lives, and their carelessness has real consequences for people and their families."

Read the full Science article here .