The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has retained the University of California (UC) Center for Laboratory Safety to conduct an independent investigation to determine the cause of the explosion in a Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute biofuels research laboratory in the UH Mānoa Pacific Ocean Science and Technology building on March 16, 2016. A visiting researcher seriously injured in the accident has been released from the hospital.
“The entire Mānoa community is keeping her in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery,” said UH Mānoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman in a message released to UH Mānoa community on April 4, 2016.
The UC Center for Laboratory Safety is considered a national leader in laboratory safety in developing evidence-based best practices and facilitating implementation and optimization of laboratory safety practices. The UC Laboratory Safety Team was on the Mānoa campus the week of March 28 and the investigation is expected to be complete by the end of April.
“All preliminary indications are that the accident was an isolated incident and not the result of a systemic problem at Mānoa or intentional wrongdoing,” said Bley-Vroman.