July Safety Focus: BATTLE OF THE LABS 2.0



Welcome to the Battle of the Labs 2.0! (All labs required to participate)

The Battle of the Labs is back!! It’s lab cleaning time!! A friendly competition between labs and an introduction to 5S workplace organization system for efficiency and cleanliness. (Please see attached short PowerPoint presentation on the 5S system.)

This year we have implemented a Score Card (see attached) highest score is 100. I would like everyone to do a safety poster that is unique to the personality of your group and lab!

INSTRUCTIONS: As a group, designate a day in July to thoroughly clean your lab. Let me know when your lab is ready to be judged. Labs will be judged to win the following awards, only 1 award will be given per lab with the exception of Best Overall. All labs must be cleaned by July 30th and winners will be announced July 31st. See the safety focus poster in your area for the award categories.

Rules: Safety Officer makes the rules


BEST OVERALL: Dr. Joy’s Group (Outstanding effort, Completely reorganized their labs to 100% 5S standard)

BEST Polymer Science: Dr. Pugh’s Group (Won the tie breaker with their extra efforts cleaning their student offices)

BEST Polymer Engineering: Dr. Cavicchi’s Group (Great re-organization of equipment and chemical refrigerators)

BEST BIO Lab: Dr. Sahai’s Group (Impressive and enthusiastic efforts to improve on an already clean environment)

Most Improved: Dr. Jana’s Group (Extensive improvements in cleanliness and organization)

Most Organized: Dr. Karim’s Group (Fabulous new organizational system for their chemicals)

Highest Safety Standard: Dr. Becker’s Group (Developed superior lab orientation plan, and other processes to maintain safety in all facets of research)

Cleanest/White Glove Award: Dr. Vogt’s Group (Superior cleanliness)

Best Innovation: Dr. Dhinojwala’s Group (Utilization of magnets for 5S labeling)

Best Computational: Dr. Tsige’s Group (Tidiest Computer Lab)

Contact me if you have any questions.

Make it a Safer Day!

Diana Woolf
Safety Officer
College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering
The University of Akron
T: 330-972-7478
F: 330-972-5290
E: dwoolf@uakron.edu