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
Emergency Response
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 of Laboratory Safety Programs

Department Update

The EH&S Training Management System was replaced in July 2016 with the Harvard Training Portal (HTP). This university-level Training Portal includes all your prior EH&S and other Harvard training history, and enables you to keep track of your training assignments, take web-based trainings and register for classroom trainings. For more details and frequently asked questions, visit Training

Did You Know?

A researcher’s arm was lost when a mixture of hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen gases used as feedstock for a bacterial culture in a tank was ignited by static electricity. Visit Cenblog Safety Zone to read excerpts and the full investigation report.