Laboratory Safety – Programs & Services

Please see below for information about the Laboratory Safety programs and services of most relevance to you.

Work Space


Information about the potential health risks of asbestos exposure, including the increased risk to smokers, and the Boston University/Boston Medical Center Asbestos Management Plan

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Guidance to ensure that the University community is safe from fires and ensure compliance with the appropriate fire codes and fire safety regulations

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Procedures to ensure that a space is free of contamination prior to the relocation or disposal of laboratory equipment, the re-certification or relocation of a laboratory, construction or renovations within a laboratory, or the vacating of a laboratory

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Guidance for transporting chemicals and hazardous materials between laboratories, between campuses, or off campus

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When selecting the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in your work area, first identify the type of hazards you'll be working with.

  1. Are there chemical, biological, or radiological hazards present?
  2. Are there splash or vapor hazards?
  3. Are there unique PPE fit factors that need to be considered?
  4. Will you be working in a location that is very hot or very cold?
  5. Is there a need for impact protection or fall protection?

No particular type of personal protective equipment (PPE) is correct for every task; therefore, it is best to consult with experts. Use the NIOSH PPE selector to help determine what type of PPE you should use.



Information about medical clearance, fit testing, and proper use of respirators for employees, staff, and students

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This toolkit is meant to provide quick access to information, guidance and helpful tips for the use of Eyewash and Safety Showers.

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Work Practices


Boston University has a robust animal care & use program including the Animal Science Center and the IACUC. Please see the Research Support site for information on animal care & use.


Guidance about the safe use and risks of biohazardous materials and organisms, including all infectious agents or biologically derived infectious materials that present either a risk or a potential risk to the health of humans or animals, either directly through infection or indirectly through damage to the environment.

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Guidance about evaluating the risk(s) of chemicals in use, developing programs and procedures to ensure that they are used in a safe and healthful manner, and supporting compliance with all applicable federal, state, and municipal regulations

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Information about programs in place to a) ensure compliance with Federal and Massachusetts law regarding the conduct of research with controlled substances and b) make better use of the University’s research and administrative resources

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Guidance to minimize environmental impacts and maintain compliance with environmental regulations in the University’s educational, research, and medical facilities

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Guidance on laser permitting, inventory, hazard classification and on safely working with lasers at the University

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Radioisotopes are used in research and clinical environments. All users are required to attend training, complete permitting, purchase monitoring equipment, etc. Please contact Radiation Safety for more information prior to working with radioactive materials.

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Guidance on to ensure that the University community is safe from overexposure to radiofrequency (RF) and on related signage

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Scientific Diving at BU includes scientific dives and snorkelers. Please see the Research Support site for information on Scientific Diving.