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

Lab representatives will now conduct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) assessments within an integrated Assessment & Inspection Management System as of April 2015. The user interface is intuitive and familiar to those who manage actions related to inspection findings within AIMS.

Did You Know?

Videos such as those presented by the American Chemical Society and Dow Safety Academy provide helpful advice on conducting safe science in laboratories