5 Projects from Underwriters Laboratories Featured for WHO / Public Health Association of Australia Conference

April 14, 2021

  • Education and Outreach
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From improving public transportation safety in the country with the world’s highest rate of fatalities caused by motor accidents to teaching children about how fire works and empowering them to educate their peers, Underwriters Laboratories is proud to have five abstracts in the Virtual Pre-Conference Global Injury Prevention Showcase 2021 Abstract Book. This supplement to the British Medical Journal’s Injury Prevention publication featured these projects in coordination with the World Safety Conference held March 22-26, 2021.

Read on to learn more about these projects and see the full abstracts, as well as how they aim to further the efforts outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  

1. Report Sets Path Forward for Child Safety in India

With nearly 500,000 child deaths in the past decade in India, child injuries are a growing public health problem. In collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Underwriters Laboratories released a report, Advancing Child Safety in India: Implementation is the Key. Learn more about the insights from safety appraisals conducted across 131 schools in India.

2. Replacing Bus Mirrors to Improve Road Safety in India

India reports the highest number of road deaths globally (150,000 people per year), and public buses – which 70 million passengers ride daily – play a major role. From 2015 to 2017, World Resources Institute India and Underwriters Laboratories studied historical crash data of 13 bus transit agencies and found most buses had substandard mirrors, compromising the field of vision of drivers. They had larger mirrors installed on 46 buses to significantly improve drivers’ field of vision.

After using this evidence to encourage bus transit agencies to improve the quality of their mirrors, two agencies have already started working toward replacing their mirrors. Learn more about this project, the results so far and plans for the future.

3. National Safety Science Campaign Empowering Next Generation of Safety Ambassadors

The National Safety Science Campaign by Underwriters Laboratories in India aims to create a culture of safety in young minds and empower India’s next generation of safety ambassadors. The core initiatives are aimed at several age groups and include a safety science quiz, a poster contest, films highlighting brilliant safety innovations being built by young students, and the Safer Schools Safer India program helping children learn about fire safety. Learn how they reached close to 57 million people across India the country through this campaign and read more about their key learnings.

4. Innovative Fire Safety Partnerships

UL Xplorlabs is an online virtual safety science resource for secondary students and their teachers that is based on the safety research being conducted at Underwriters Laboratories. Since 2018, the Underwriters Laboratories Education and Outreach team has led multiple workshops introducing teachers from 25 middle schools and 75 firefighters and investigators in Cobb County, Ga. to the UL Xplorlabs Fire Forensics module.

After the workshops, teachers lead the module with their students and the trained fire service personnel come into the classroom on lab days to assist. The goal of this study is to understand the outcomes for teachers, students, and the fire service after the workshops as this is becoming a model for working in fire safety education. Learn more about the research methods and data collection.

5. eXploring Safe and Sustainable Cities

In 2019, UL Xplorlabs launched a new module: Safe and Sustainable Cities. The first in the series is Extraction to E-waste: The Lithium-ion Battery Supply Chain, where students investigate the lifecycle of a mobile phone’s power source: from raw minerals to when the phone arrives in our hands to when it breaks or becomes obsolete. Read the abstract.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

All of these projects have been developed with U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals in mind. Read more about how aligning to these goals  — which address global challenges including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice — help organizations like ours build a better and more sustainable future for everyone.