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Laboratory & Research Safety

Laboratory & Research Safety

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Lab Safety

Every laboratory on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus is required to have a Laboratory Safety Plan and to follow established safety procedures and guidelines. The Division of Research Safety (DRS) provides guidance and information about general laboratory safety and other research-specific programs including:

  • Biological Safety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Hazardous Material Transportation
  • Laser Safety
  • Radiological Safety

Review the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Laboratory Safety Guide for more information on roles and responsibilities, procedures, and policies.

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Workplace Safety

Two campus units are responsible for workplace safety:

The F&S Safety & Compliance program provides training and guidance on workplace safety including:

The OVCRI's Occupational Health and Safety program organizes mandatory training programs to comply with the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. All people with direct or indirect exposure to research and teaching animals must be enrolled in the OHS Program.

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Contact Occupational Health & Safety

Personal Safety

For general information about campus safety, visit the University Police website.

Many research labs operate around the clock, so some members of the Illinois Research Community may need to travel on campus at night. Some things to remember:

  • Avoid traveling alone, and use well-lit areas. SafeWalks and SafeRides are available to students, faculty and staff.
  • Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Don’t hesitate to contact University Police (217-333-1216) to report suspicious activity.
  • Call 911 (or 9-911 from a campus phone) immediately if you find yourself in an emergency situation.

Field work presents a different set of safety concerns. 

  • If you are working in the field, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Share your expected location and route of travel with others before you go.

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