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Today we review that current state of the best practice literature governing laboratories; organizing responses to calls for public consultation where possible. These facilities support a significant revenue source for research universities.

Sep 21, 2020

Laboratory Design

Before it all went down, this public consultation whistled across our radar last year.

Sep 21, 2020

Laboratory chemical safety fixtures

Clinicians and researchers in the United States may be enlightened by the European Union template for laboratory safety. As with many EU consensus products this standard is primarily a performance standard which enables risk-informed approaches to inspection, testing and maintenance. Many regulators and conformance interests in the United States, however, discourage performance standards.

Sep 21, 2020

Electrical Safety in Academic Laboratories

At the Industrial Applications Society meetings this time last year three electrical engineering professors presented a paper on electrical safety in academic settings where the teaching, research and manufacturing activity take place under the same roof; often necessarily so. Research of this quality and nature, often driven by case histories, tends to set benchmarks for safety well before the findings show up in codes and standards.

Sep 21, 2020


Changes in best practice literature relevant to education communities happen at a rate of 100 to 1000 times per day. Every day at 11AM/ET we break down titles in motion, assign them a priority, then set up a separate markup session to respond to the call for public consultation. Daily topics are shown on our CALENDAR.

Sep 21, 2020

Higher Education Laboratories

Safety and sustainability concepts for research and healthcare delivery cut across many disciplines and standards suites.  We follow action in the International Fire Code, particularly Chapter 38 which sets the standard of care--as far as fire safety is concerned--for an occupancy class which typically delivers significant revenue for most research universities.

Sep 21, 2020

Safe Use of Lasers in Research

The Laser Institute of America is revising its standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Research.  This standard provides recommendations for the safe use of lasers and laser systems that operate at wavelengths between 180 nm and 1 mm and are used to conduct research or used in a research, development, or testing environments. Comments are due September 21st.

Sep 21, 2020

Emergency Shower & Eyewash Testing

Late last year ISEA solicited interested parties as consensus body participants in the proposed reaffirmation of Z358.1-2014, Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment. To the best of our knowledge, no research university stepped forward with data to inform scalable approaches to laboratory chemical safety. Accordingly, ISEA expects to initiate consensus balloting by the end of 1Q 2020 to re-affirm the fixed interval testing requirement.

Sep 21, 2020

S. 3512 / Authority for regulating laboratory-developed testing procedures

A BILL: To clarify the authority for regulating laboratory-developed testing procedures. Introduced March 17, 2020.

Sep 21, 2020
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