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.

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
Standard Operating Procedures

Policies and Guidelines


Chemical & Laboratory Safety Manual

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:
Amendment Forms:
Radiological Surveys:
Radioactive Waste:

Policies and Guidelines