Principal investigators (PI), lab managers and others assigned supervisory responsibilities in the labs are considered Lab Supervisors. Lab Supervisors bear unique responsibilities for both oversight of the Environmental and Safety programs within their labs and also for ensuring that their lab members have the materials and training needed to work safely.
Holden Thorp is the editor-in-chief of the Science family of publications and former chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Creating a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research. The Committee focuses on fostering safety culture in the research lab. Dr. Thorp is a principal investigator in chemistry at the University of Washington St. Louis. Review a short video to see what he feels are the most important aspects of leading a research laboratory.
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