Environmental Health & Safety

Laboratory & Research Safety

UC Risk & Safety Software Applications

About the program

The program combines resources for individuals working in research and teaching laboratories. It addresses injury prevention, emergency preparedness, chemical safety, laboratory equipment safety information and links to other laboratory safety programs.


Custom Labels Request
Laboratories of Excellence

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program


Excellent tools for PIs & LSOs


All laboratory personnel must complete:
Laboratory Safety Orientation (fundamentals) 2013


Hazardous Waste Management

Use the Needs Assessment tool
to find out which of the following
courses you should take:

Bloodborne Pathogens
Controlled Substances
Ergonomics for the Laboratory
Hazardous Waste Management
Laboratory Audits
Laboratory Safety Manual
Personal Protective Equipment

For more information
Refer to the Training
Schedule of Classes



Chemical Safety

Common chemicals and their hazards

Chemicals in the laboratory are hazardous and understanding the hazard(s) associated with a specific chemical will provide the user the knowledge to use the chemical appropriately. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are often the first place to obtain hazard information on a chemical. For more infromation, refer to the Chemical Laboratory Information Profiles (CLIPs) published by the American Chemical Society for identifying the hazards of common chemicals in the laboratory. Hydrogen Fluoride (HF) Exposure Information and Tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) publications are also available for your reference.



Laboratory Standard
Occupational Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals in the Laboratory
8 CCR 5191 | 29 CFR 1910.1450

Hazard Communication Standard
8 CCR 5194
| 29 CFR 1910.1200
Applicability to laboratories FAQs

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory
American Chemical Society

Center for Laboratory Safety
University of California

Promoting Safety Culture in Academic Laboratories-National Academy of Science

What are Hazardous Materials?

Laboratory Housekeeping

Record Requests one might expect in a post-injury Cal-OSHA Inspection

Green chemistry

12 Principles of Green Chemistry (EPA)  
Sustainable Chemistry Hierarchy  
Growing the Green Economy through Green Chemistry and Design for the Environment   
Incorporating Green Chemistry in the Classroom by James Hutchinson at the University of Oregon

Green Chemistry logo


Periodic Table (Interactive)

Periodic Table
The Elements
Theodore Gray & Nick Mann

Periodic Table
of Radioactive Isotopes

Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory

Periodic Table of videos University of Nottingham

Chart of Nuclides (Interactive)
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Periodic Table
of Periodic Tables

Periodic Table
of Rejected Elements

(Chemistry Humor)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Before using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) a hazard assessment must be completed by the Supervisor / Principal Investigator (PI) using the Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT). Each lab memberl must view the  hazard assessment,  as well as review a short PPE training presentation.  The lab member can then  print a voucher that can be exchanged for PPE at the campus storehouse. 

Prescription Safety Eyewear Program

Eyewear selection


Laboratory Coat
Glove Selection

Glove Selection

Glove Selection 

Glove Use


For more information, refer to the Personal Protective Equipment webpage.

the Lab Safety Institute Memorial Wall
In memory of those who have lost their lives in laboratory accidents

Courtesy of the Laboratory Safety Institute (LSi)


More Information

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