Research Safety

Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

Research Safety, part of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), is staffed by a team of Biological Safety, Chemical and Laboratory Safety, and Radiation Safety professionals who have the expertise to assist researchers mitigate and manage the risks associated with their research and meet regulatory and compliance requirements.

Research Safety services include:

  • Consultations with researchers to assess risks and recommend appropriate controls
  • Training
  • Laboratory inspections
  • Incident review and follow-up

Contact Research Safety for assistance via askEHS.

Our Programs

Biological Safety

Biological Safety program areas include:

  • Human, animal, and plant pathogens, including (A)BSL 1, 2, and 3
  • Cell lines
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Select agents and toxins
  • Biological safety cabinets
Biological Safety Resources

Biological Agent Reference Sheets (BARS)

Biological Safety Manuals and Guidance Documents

Chemical and Laboratory Safety

Chemical and Laboratory Safety program areas include:

  • Hazardous chemicals and gases
  • Laboratory ventilation and fume hoods
  • Controlled substances
  • Laboratory signage
  • Chemical inventory
Chemical and Laboratory Safety Resources

Laboratory Safety Manual & Chemical Hygiene Plan

Hazard Assessment & Signage Program (HASP)

Radiation Safety

Radiation Safety program areas include:

  • Radioactive materials
  • Radiation producing equipment
  • Laser safety
  • Magnet safety
  • UV/IR/RF

New faculty needing to work with the above materials and equipment must contact Radiation Safety in advance to coordinate activities.

Radiation Safety Resources

Radiation Safety Manual

Other EHS Resources for Researchers

Emergency Management

Fire Safety

Hazardous Materials Shipping

Hazardous Waste (chemical, radioactive, biological, and regulated medical waste)

Hearing Conservation

Injury/Illness/Exposure Reporting

Reproductive Health

Respiratory Protection

Risk Management and Insurance


Institutional Biosafety Committee's primary objective is to safeguard protection of personnel, the general public, and the environment. To meet this goal, the IBC imposes requirements for safe laboratory and biological safety practices; reviews and approves policies, procedures, training, programs and facilities pursuant to the safe use of r/sNA, biohazardous materials, and biotoxins. See the Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules or Biohazardous Materials page for more information.