Lab Safety

Hazard Assessments and Inspections

Environmental Health & Safety has implemented a set of tools designed to improve safety and facilitate regulatory compliance in laboratories across campus. 

The software includes two integrated modules:

  • Assessment: This tool allows Principal Investigators (PIs) to conduct hazard assessments relevant to their research environment and determines the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that should be used to ensure safety in the lab.

Risk and Safety Solutions developed Assessment and Inspect as part of its suite of risk management and safety tools for the University of California. The software has been used extensively throughout UC’s 10 campuses and five medical centers.  The CSU has partnered with the UC to extend this software to all 23 campuses in the CSU system.

In September 2018, on site training was provided to instructional support staff who will work to help implement this system campuswide.  Additional training materials are provided below. 

Assessment: Overview

Assessment: Creating a Group

Assessment: Performing an Assessment

Assessment: Acknowledge and Assessment

Inspect: Starting an Inspection on a Mobile Device

Inspect: Creating Findings on a Mobile Device

Inspect: Saving Inspections on a Mobile Device

Inspect: Uploading Inspection Reports from a Mobile Device

Responsible Person Tutorials


Biological Safety

Chemical & Laboratory Safety

  • NRC Chemical Safety Manual [PDF]
  • Experimenting With Danger [video]
    • The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released this safety video in response to three serious laboratory accidents that occurred at academic institutions.  The CSB encourages all universities to study the key lessons from the video and to make every effort to provide safe working environments in their labs.
  • University of Hawaii Lab Explosion
    • In March 2016, a flammable gas mixture explodes in a lab and seriously injures one person.  

Chemical Procurement

Requests for the use of new chemicals in research are reviewed by the campus Chemical Hygiene Officer to ensure that we have adequate facilities and engineering controls to support the safe use of that chemical.  To request a new research chemical, please fill out the Hazardous Materials Request Form and submit it to the purchase request mailbox for review:  

Laser Safety

Hazard Communication

Bloodborne Pathogens

Medical Monitoring