Korea Association of Laboratory Safety & Environment (KALSE) was established in 2004. Prior to the official launching, a group of professors teaching sciences and engineering had meetings in regular basis from 1998 in order to improve the laboratory safety environment at universities in Korea.

The first symposium on laboratory safety and waste management was held in 2001, the meeting has evolved to an annual symposium with researches and practices on lab safety management. Upon increased concerns and social atmosphere, the meeting became the basis of KALSE.

Currently, KALSE has 30+ board members and a subcommittee of lab safety managers of academia or research institutes. The association has played important roles in advocating the significance of lab safety management and in improving the level of lab safety management in academia and research institutes of Korea. Members of KALSE participated as major parties in the course of introducing the Laboratory Safety Acts enforced in 2006. Annual summer workshop for lab safety managers has been offered since 2005.

The 3-days workshop covers current issues and tools in practical manners. During the workshop, participants can network with those who are dedicated in the same interest and discuss about the current issues and regulations with experts and government officers. The attendees of the workshop have been expanded from 60 to more than 200 during the last decade. KALSE also has provided off-line training courses which customized to each institute’s needs since 2013. An informative magazine, “Laboratory Safety” , has been published twice a year since 2007.

In the future, KALSE will make every effort to ensure laboratory safety around the world, as well as the Republic of Korea and to spread the safety culture so that all researchers can safely perform research activities.

For more information, please visit http://www.labsafety.or.kr/