We seek to foster relationships and facilitate discussions that improve safety policies and practices around the world.


Guided by science, we work for a safer and more resilient society by conducting fundamental and applied research. 

We foster and sustain public trust in our work through our commitment to independence, rigor, and transparency. Importantly, we share the knowledge we create for the public good.

As we evaluate the development of new technologies and new environmental or societal circumstances, we also assess our ability to target them with new safety-science research efforts that will have positive impacts.

To ensure our work is both relevant and advances our public safety mission, we partner with a wide variety of stakeholders. We aim to help build and expand coalitions of experts so that, together, we can better pursue and address safety risks. And finally, we share our research outcomes in ways designed to maximize their influence by communicating and educating audiences.


Research Institutes

Chemical Insights

Chemical Insights Research Institute

Promoting human health through research and awareness of the potential risks of chemical pollutants

Digital Intelligence Safety Research Institute

Digital Safety Research Institute

Developing new frameworks for data privacy, cybersecurity, trustworthy software/AI, and assured autonomy

Electrochemical Safety Research Institute

Electrochemical Safety Research Institute

Investigating the limits of electrochemical technologies to drive safer innovations and product performance

UL's Fire Safety Research Institute

Fire Safety Research Institute

Dedicated to addressing the world’s unresolved fire safety risks and emerging dangers

Materials Discovery Research Institute

Materials Discovery Research Institute

Working to develop and deploy new materials with the potential to address current global safety challenges

Education and Outreach

Office of Research Experiences and Education

Inspiring behavior change and awareness, and empowering positive action


Battery and Safety Science

Battery Safety Science Webinar Series

Watch researchers and battery and energy storage professionals come together to share battery safety research and testing insights and exchange ideas.

Future Of Safety Science

The Future of Safety Science Webinar Series

How will we engineer the world to live in sustainable ways with limited resources? Learn from experts about solving critical safety issues.



Solve real problems through science and engineering and become part of the movement to make the world safer and more secure.