We provide services to assist the University in proactively managing biological, chemical, physical, and radiological hazards in academic and research laboratories. Our goal is to work cooperatively with faculty, scientists, and students to reduce hazards and risks.

Assessment and control of biological hazards including recombinant and synthetic DNA, infectious agents, and human materials
Minimization of risks associated with the use of chemicals in laboratories and laboratory support facilities
Campus-specific guidance and tools on how to respond to a variety of emergency types
Information and services to support fire safety measures in Harvard's residential, academic, research and administrative facilities
Safe laboratory work practices that address a wide variety of hazards, regulatory frameworks, and functional areas
Working safely with ionizing (materials and X-rays) and non-ionizing (lasers, magnets, etc.) sources of radiation

Department Contact


Mary Corrigan
Associate Director for Laboratory Safety Programs

Greg Brady
Associate Director for Laboratory Safety Services

Department Update

EH&S rolled out LabPoint in September 2014, for Cambridge and Harvard Forest labs to use a university-wide platform to generate door placards. These placards include emergency contacts, any special hazards and entry requirements, which are necessary to provide immediate information to emergency responders at any time.

Did You Know?

The National Research Council published a report in July 2014 on Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research that notes observations, findings and recommendations to integrate safety as an essential element of lab work.