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 is now providing safety services to Wyss and is transitioning to cover HMS labs in HIM-NRB in July 2014.

Did You Know?

86% of ~2400 researchers said they believed their laboratories were safe places to work, according to a 2012 survey in US academic laboratories commissioned by the University of California Center for Laboratory Safety.