In response to UCR’s campus closure, the EH&S office is closed.  Critical functions related to emergency response coordination, hazardous waste collection and delivery of research materials under the purview of EH&S including radiation packages and controlled substances are operational, however may experience delay.

If you have safety emergency such as a hazardous material spill, injury or illness, contact UCPD at (951) 827-5222 or 911 on a cellular device.

You can still report an incident, injury, or safety concern using the online reporting tool. For general inquiries, please email us at and our remote staff will respond to your concerns by the next business day.

What is Biosafety?

Biosafety is the discipline that addresses the safe handling and containment of infectious microorganisms to protect workers, the public, agriculture, and the environment from exposure to biological agents or materials that may cause disease or other detrimental effects in humans, plants, or animals.  

For more information contact Biosafety or call (951) 827-5528.

Biosafety Resources

Use the following SOPs as templates, and personalize for your laboratories needs. The SOPs may also be referenced in BUA submissions.

Biohazardous Waste Collection at UCR

Option of having laboratory generated Biohazard Waste (red bags, and sharps containers) collected on a weekly basis is now available through EH&S. The collection will occur once a week, the day will be determined by the location of the generated waste. The goal is to reduce the use of autoclaves for biohazard waste processing.

To Request Service: Please contact UC Riverside Environmental Health and Safety Hazardous Waste Management for a walk-through to determine location of accumulation area and discuss specific lab needs. During walk through a discussion of lab requirements, scheduling and volume of waste generated will be discussed.
Please contact Juan Sanchez or (951) 827-2648, (951)827-5528.

Packaging and Labeling: Biohazard bags must be closed with either autoclave tape or zip ties. Place red biohazard bags in a rigid, leak proof red barrels with a tight-fitting lid. These red barrels will be provided by EHS.
Biohazard waste will continue to require:
WASTe Biohazard labels: Can be placed directly on red barrels. A tag is required for each bag generated

Biohazard Sharps containers will require to be closed and have a WASTe label, then can be placed directly on red barrels. *Sharps containers will be allowed inside red barrels.

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