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Laboratory Safety Unit Introduction

For approximately 24 years, EH&S has provided training for laboratory personnel and have conducted safety inspections. These activities were a result of several Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, the principle two being the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29CFR1910.1030) and the Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories (29CFR1910.1450).

Over the last 4 years, the University has reassessed its laboratory safety program due to multiple high profile incidents causing severe injuries and a death that have occurred at other university and college laboratories in the United States. Although we have a compliant chemical laboratory safety program, provide lab safety training, have safety resources on our web site, and offer on-site consulting, EH&S has identified many opportunities to significantly mitigate risks and enhance our laboratory safety program.

2015 was a new starting point for laboratory safety at the University. Benchmarking with other universities and colleges, EH&S now has a Laboratory Safety Unit to handle all laboratory safety issues for University laboratories. Although our web pages are presently under construction, we encourage you to bookmark our page for future use. We have begun implementing electronic laboratory inspections, electronic waste tags for hazardous waste disposal, a new chemical inventory/SDS program, and have created electronic safety newsletter for our research community. Please feel free to email Robert Passalugo, Manager of the Laboratory Safety Unit at if you have any questions or would like to enroll to be sent future editions of the safety newsletters.

Contact EH&S at (585) 275-3241 or e-mail EH&S Questions.

This page last updated 7/20/2015. Disclaimer.