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Laboratory Safety

The mission of the Laboratory Safety group is to promote and support a safe and healthy environment in all research and instructional laboratories at the University of Maryland.  The Laboratory Safety group conducts training, reviews plans for new laboratory spaces, manages the annual chemical fume hood testing program, and manages the laboratory warning sign system.

Managing Safety in the Laboratory

Managing an active research laboratory can be challenging. Principal investigators are responsible for ensuring all lab operations and personnel comply with a variety of federal, state, and local regulations. The Laboratory Safety Group has developed a Principal Investigator Safety Responsiblities Checklist to help PIs fulfill their safety related requirements. 

Laboratory Safety Training

Principal investigators are responsible for identifying the ESSR training programs that are applicable to their research and ensuring that all lab members complete the training.

Here is a list of ESSR identified Lab Training Requirements that serves as the baseline safety education for lab personnel.  

Laboratory-specific training covers the hazards, procedures and safety rules that are specific to that laboratory. The principal investigator or a designated experienced lab member conducts this training.

ESSR has resources to assist you in developing laboratory-specific training:

Emergency Preparedness for Laboratories

Every laboratory should be prepared to respond to disruptions, such as campus closures for severe weather or an unscheduled loss of utilities.  Being prepared preserves the safety of laboratory personnel, reduces the loss of research materials, and can minimize the time it takes a laboratory to fully recover to normal operation.  Each laboratory has unique vulnerabilities to address, so procedures should be customized to the research happening in the space. Check out our Emergency Preparedness for Laboratories to see how your lab can prepare for these events.