Working in a research laboratory comes with recognized hazards. All PIs and supervisors have a responsibility to identify and control hazards, however it is the responsibility of all lab members to conduct research in a safe and healthful manner. Engineering controls, such as conducting research in a fume hood or glove box should be utilized to mitigate risk. All lab members must be properly trained on the hazards they may encounter during their work in the lab. Standard operating procedures should be utilized. Proper personal protective equipment should be always worn. Employees should be prepared for emergencies such as a spill, fire, or other emergency. Safe research requires an advanced planning and an understanding of what the risks are for each activity in order to mitigate risks.
Please review the following web pages to determine if they pertain to your research.
The Chemical Safety Committee (CSC) provides oversight of projects using chemical carcinogens and highly toxic materials.
Work with human, animal, or plant pathogens, human source materials, recombinant and/or synthetic nucleic acids, select agents or toxins, and shipping infectious agents or toxins all require oversight and approval by the OSU Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
Animal Handler Safety
OSU has Policies and Procedures for persons with exposure to animals or their secretions or tissues that includes hazard awareness training and medical monitoring.
All uses of ionizing radiation must be specifically authorized by the Radiation Safety Committee, prior to use or purchase of equipment.
Registration is required for Class 3B and 4 lasers. Laser Safety Training is required for Class 3B, 3R, and 4 laser users and recommended for all laser users.