What is Research Safety?

Research safety is comprised of several specialty programs that support the teaching and research enterprise at UCR. The specialty programs include Biosafety, Lab Safety, Radiation and Laser Safety, Chemical Safety, and Field and Drone Safety. Each program provides targeted health and safety services to support UCR's teaching and research laboratories. EH&S provides resources, training and specialized laboratory safety consultation on potential hazards, as well as guidance to laboratories so they can meet their regulatory compliance requirements. Specific program services may include: 

  • Provide safety consultation and review of hazardous materials in research processes.
  • Review safety procedures when working with hazardous materials.
  • Provide specialized training on proper handling and use of hazardous materials.
  • Provide training and consultation on Risk and Safety Solutions such as LHAT, Inspect, Chemicals, WASTe, etc.
  • Consultation on laboratory set up, moves and decommissioning.
  • Incident or accident investigation and follow-up.
  • Coordination with outside agencies regarding regulatory inspections.

For more information, contact Research Safety or call (951) 827-5528.

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Laboratory Safety

Chemical Safety


  • Biological Use Authorization

    The Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application is submitted by Principal Investigators to document the scope of their teaching or research projects. Delegates may initiate and fill out the application, but only Principal Investigators (PIs) who meet the eligibility as defined in UCR Policy 527-3 can submit. 

  • Biosafety Manual

    The UCR Biosafety Manual defines the responsibilities, procedures, and guidelines for the safe handling, use, storage, and disposal of biohazardous materials in research and teaching activities performed at UCR. 

  • Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

    The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) functions as the UCR review body responsible for approval and oversight of activities involving the use, storage, and handling of biohazardous materials, in accordance to NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines), the CDC Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL), and other regulatory or guidance documents.