Laboratory Safety

The Office of Risk Management and HR's Safety Program Manager works with University’s science and medical departments. Technical support includes safety audits of laboratories and experimental procedures, spill response and area monitoring as necessary. We assist in the following laboratory activities:

Biosafety implies creating a safe working environment for all personnel and ensuring the work performed does not impact the environment. Biohazardous materials include all infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, parasites, rickettsia, viruses, etc.) that can cause disease in humans, or cause significant environmental or agricultural impact. In addition to organisms, human or primate tissues, fluids, cells or cell culture is addressed in biosafety.

Recombinant DNA, trans genic plants or animals, human gene therapy, and animals known to be reservoirs of zoonotic diseases are considered biohazardous materials.

Chemical safety begins when a hazardous material arrives on campus and continues until the material is properly disposed. Chemical hazards vary widely, and appropriate precautions must be used. Every chemical is potentially hazardous.

Principal Investigators have primary responsibility for implementation of chemical safety policies and procedures. Students and staff are responsible for following procedures. Planning and implementing chemical safety must be part of every laboratory activity in which chemicals are used.

Radiation safety includes radiological safety training, written guidelines, laboratory surveys, and technical support including personnel dose assessments, radiation monitoring, radioactive spill response, and radon monitoring.

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