Published on September 11, 2016, the article “Clarification Regarding Minors in Labs,” contained an error regarding the age at which minors are permitted in laboratory settings. Please note minors aged 14-18 are allowed only under certain controlled conditions, such as part of an organized program and under direct supervision of a qualified adult designated for this responsibility. Please review the Office of Research/EH&S policy for additional details.

Minors under age 14 are permitted in laboratory settings only as part of an approved and  supervised tour. Generally, minors should only be placed as volunteers if they are part of an organized program such as the UCSF Science & Health Partnership (SHEP), which ensures all participants (minors, mentors, and parents) are part of a preplanned, structured, and carefully managed program.

Please ask your HR generalist if you have additional questions. Risk Management & Insurance Services (415/476-2498) may also assist in evaluating and minimizing risks in placing volunteers.