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UTHealth Safety Leader Appointed to UC Center for Laboratory Safety Advisory Board

Dr. Robert “Safety Bob” Emery, vice president for Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management at University of Texas School of Public Health, has been appointed to the University of California (UC) Center for Laboratory Safety Advisory Board. Emery is also a professor of occupational health at UTHealth.

[Photo: Dr. Robert “Safety Bob” Emery]

The mission of the center is to sponsor and support research in laboratory safety; develop and translate research into applied best practices; and facilitate implementation and optimization of laboratory safety practices.

The center was established in March 2011 following a tragic accident that led to the death of a researcher performing an experiment in a laboratory on the UCLA campus. While implementing changes to its lab safety protocols, safety experts discovered a scarcity of evidence-based research on accident rates and laboratory safety at academic institutions. The UC Center for Laboratory Safety aims to fill that gap by conducting and promoting research on laboratory safety.

“Dr. Emery’s extensive background and experience in laboratory research and safety will play a vital role in enhancing the advisory board’s effectiveness,” said Craig Merlic, Ph.D., executive director of the UCLA Center for Laboratory Safety.

Emery will serve a three-year term on the advisory board.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1979 and his master’s degree in public health from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. In 1991, he earned a master’s degree in environmental health at East Carolina University.

Upon earning his Doctor of Public Health at UTHealth  in 1997, he joined the school’s faculty as an assistant professor of occupational health. He has served as vice president for Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management since 2004.

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