Environmental Health and Safety

Research Safety

EHSEM supports the research goals of the University by promoting research safety and assuring sound laboratory management. This is accomplished by providing professional services and oversight in the following areas.

Certification Services

EHSEM works in conjunction with OSEH to certify fume hoods and biosafety cabinets to assure they contain hazards as designed. Safety performance of these units depend on airflow rates that must fall between fairly narrow boundaries.

Safety Training

Supervisors of University research employees are required to provide specific training on the occupational risks associated with their research materials and methods. EHSEM provides base-line safety training. Template manuals and Standard Operating Procedures are provided that are easy for researchers to understand and to customize to meet their needs.

Research Facility Planning & Design

EHSEM assists facilities and renovation engineers in planning high-quality laboratory space to support successful research projects. Application of local exhaust ventilation equipment, specialty containment equipment, emergency eyewash stations, chemical storage features, and other design features are considered to reduce workplace risks.


Additional Links:

Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)

Laboratory Safety Guidance

Planning Safe Research

Requirements for Minors Performing Research

Research Request & Laboratory Safety Plan

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's)