Research Safety

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.

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

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.

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.

Attention UGA Researchers

The Office of Research Safety has recently adopted a new policy governing the disposal of sharps, pointed plastics, and glass (broken and unbroken). This policy is designed to reduce the potential for injuries and near misses when building service workers are removing waste from the laboratories. The effective date of this policy is January 10, 2018. Learn more in the Disposal of sharps, pointed plastics, and glass (broken and unbroken) document.


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