The Office of Research Safety provides guidance to UGA faculty, staff, and students on the safe use of chemical agents, radiation safety, and laser safety. The program is committed to safety, health, environmental protection, and compliance based on current government regulations, guidelines, and best practices.
The office also works closely with UGA’s Environmental Safety Division on such issues as environmental safety and compliance, hazardous waste, fire safety, occupational safety, and other areas.
Research Safety Committee
The Research Safety Committee (RSC) guides the development and implementation of campus-wide Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) policies that reduce safety, health, and environmental risks related to research, teaching, and public service laboratories or other related work areas where chemical or physical hazards exist.
Research Safety Policies and Procedures
Reporting an Incident
- For minor incidents that occur during normal business hours and do not involve injury or property damage, please contact Research Safety at 706-542-5288.
- For major incidents, incidents that occur outside of normal business hours, or that involve injury or property damage, call 911.
Mercury Thermometer Reduction Initiative
In an attempt to reduce the number of mercury thermometers in circulation around the UGA campus, the Office of Research Safety has started an initiative to encourage laboratories to remove them from their research spaces and if necessary, replace them with alcohol-filled thermometers. Laboratories wishing to keep their mercury thermometers will be required to purchase a mercury spill kit. Learn more in the Mercury Thermometer Reduction section of the Chemical and Laboratory Safety Manual.
The Chemical & Laboratory Safety Manual outlines prudent laboratory practices, university policies, and regulatory requirements for working safety in laboratories with chemical hazards at UGA facilities.
Signage & Stickers
- Request Signs & Stickers
- Important Phone Numbers
- Gas Cylinder Tags
- Admittance to Authorized Personnel Only Sign
- Eye Protection Required Sign
Standard Operating Procedures
- Opening and Closing a Lab
- Submit Standard Operating Procedure to RSC@uga.edu
- Generic Chemical SOP Template
- Chemical Specific SOPS
Policies and Guidelines
The radiation safety program provides service and assistance to researchers using ionizing radiation in their operations. Many of the activities of this program are mandated by Georgia state law and controlled by policies established by the Radiation Safety Committee.
Forms & Tools
Radioactive Materials Permits:
- Advanced Radiation Worker Change
- Possession Limit Change
- Inactive Status or Termination
- Sewer Disposal Change
- Use-Storage Location Change
- Dry Active Waste Container Log
- Sewer Disposal Log
- Liquid Release Evaluation
- Limited Quantity Shipment Form
- Liquid Radioactivity Analysis
- Prenatal Radiation Exposure Guide and Declaration Form
- Dosimetry Request Form
- Exposure History Data Sheet
- Human Medical X-Ray Training Certificate
- Veterinarian Medical X-Ray Training Certificate
- Non-Medical X-Ray Worker Certificate
- Non-Medical X-Ray Quarterly Safety Check
- Non-Medical X-Ray Training Log
- Summary of Isotope Inventory
- Radiation Improvement Program Report
- Radiation Producing Equipment
- Internal Transfer of Rad Materials
- B-number site
- Radiation Safety Manual
- Dosimetry Quick Reference Guide
- GA DNR EPD Radioactive Materials Program
Policies and Guidelines
University of Georgia LASER Safety ensures a safe work environment for laser users on campus, and to insure compliance with State of Georgia laser requirements. The program involves yearly safety audits of all laboratories that employ either class 3B or 4 lasers, safety consultations, recommendations for safe use of lasers, and on-line laser safety training.
Forms & Tools
Forms & Charts:
Battery Operated Lights for Class 4 Laser Room Doors:
- UGA Laser Safety Manual
- Guidelines for the Safe Alignment of Class 3B and 4 Lasers
- Guidelines for the Safe Use of Lasers
- Primary Causes of Laser Accidents
- Responsibilities of the Laboratory Laser Safety Rep
- Laser Control Measures
- Responsibilities of the UGA Laser Safety Officer
- OSHA 1910, Subpart I: Hazardous Materials
- OSHA Technical Manual, Section III: Chapter 6
- FDA CFR, Title 21, 1040.10: Performance standards for light emitting products, laser products
- FDA CFR, Title 21, 1040.11: Specific purpose laser products
- State of Georgia Laser Laws