On October 31, 2013, UCLA will implement a University of California policy which governs the presence of minors (individuals under 18 years of age) in any University laboratory or shop that uses hazardous chemicals, biohazardous or infectious materials, radioactive materials or radiation-producing equipment, lasers or physical hazards. This policy further prohibits minors under the age of 14 from entering laboratories except when participating in an approved and supervised tour.
EH&S has released the following mandatory forms and supporting documentation for minors (ages 14-18) and their parents/guardians to learn of the possible hazards and risks found in these areas: Release of Liability, Rules for Minors, and Minors Research Proposal
Principal Investigators (PIs) must maintain a copy of all documentation and ensure that minors receive appropriate laboratory and/or shop training prior to initiating work. In addition to the Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts (LSFC) course, additional training requirements may apply depending on the work that will be conducted in the laboratory and/or shop.
More information regarding this policy can be found on the UC Minors in Labs & Shops Policy Impacts Fact Sheet.