Lab Incident Database

Accidents can occur even after conducting thorough risk assessments and implementing appropriate control strategies.  It is important that we use these incidents as teaching opportunities to understand what went wrong and where we might improve our strategies going forward.  To that end, we have created a database of past lab incidents on campus for the UMass community to understand and learn from so that we can devise and implement safer alternatives. 

We have grouped the incidents into major causative categories and events so that information of interest can be easily located.  You can also search for any key words you like by typing these into the search function on the top right hand side of the database page.  Each report contains a description of the event and recommended corrective actions.  Statistics of types of incidents are also provided.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 413-545-2682.