Research Safety

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This SOP details basic safe work practices to follow when working with 3D printers.   To date,... read more

This SOP discusses the chemical and physical hazards of gel electrophoresis and how to mitigate... read more

This standard operating procedure (SOP) contains guidelines for safe preparation, use, and... read more

Batteries can discharge hazardous gases or present fire or explosion risks if these are... read more

Do I have to use BioRAFT?

You will need to set up your lab profile in BioRAFT, and you will need... read more

Biosafety Cabinets (BSC)


How do they work?

How do I work in one?... read more

Please use the chemical inventory disposal log form for recording bar code numbers of emptied... read more

This document outlines the procedures to be used for the safe handling of compressed gases.... read more

Cuts and punctures are the most common type of injury that occurs in the labs, shops, and... read more

Use of cut resistant and puncture resistant gloves can afford an added layer of protection,... read more

The purpose of these procedures is to eliminate, as much as possible, any potential hazards to... read more

The purpose of this program is to ensure that all safety eyewashes and showers supply clean,... read more

Please print and use the attached checklist that includes the reminders below. Flush eyewash... read more

Laboratory equipment, materials and research can be protected during emergency situations by... read more

Each year we have one or two storms severe enough that the safety of the campus community is in... read more

Any equipment offered for disposal may contain a variety of materials that if disposed of could... read more

eShipGlobal: Shipping Awareness Training for Research Materials

Labs contain hazardous materials and as such, appropriate eye protection must be worn at all... read more

The storage of flammable materials in labs can be challenging, particularly when these items... read more

This SOP describes the hazard mitigation controls necessary to work safely with formaldehyde and... read more

Laboratories desire stable temperature storage for chemicals, biologicals, radiologicals and... read more

There are various types of laboratory furnaces, including Tube, Box, and Muffle. Because each... read more

There are different types of gloves to protect against various hazards, including chemical,... read more

Appropriate gloves should ideally be worn whenever any hazardous materials are manipulated by... read more

Sometimes many different types of hazards are present at once.  In these cases, gloves that... read more

Electrical insulated rubber gloves should be used to protect users from electrical shocks and... read more

Please see the information under the heading Information for Consultants, Service... read more

Guidelines For Children And Unauthorized Persons In Labs And Other Potentially Hazardous Areas ... read more

This fact sheet details precautions to take to ensure safety while conducting field research... read more

This fact sheet details safe work practices to mitigate hazards posed by use of hot plates. ... read more

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is a University-wide review body that provides... read more

Accidents can occur even after conducting thorough risk assessments and implementing... read more


Lab Safety Coordinators (LSCs) play an important role in promoting safety awareness and... read more

Please use the handout to accompany the online lab safety training.  The training is completed... read more

Laboratory Safety Design: Break Room Guidelines

The purpose of this guideline is to ensure that... read more

Liability Release Form for Children and Unauthorized Persons in Labs and Other Potentially... read more

The LSL ventilation retrocommissioning project runs through 2018 starting with LSL1 (the north... read more

This SOP details the basic safe work practices to follow when performing lab-scale operations... read more

The National Institutes of Health Fume Hood Testing Protocol for Constant Volume Fume Hoods was... read more

Welcome to UMass Amherst!  The following is meant to provide basic information to new principal... read more

This SOP details safe work practices to mitigate hazards posed by use of oil baths.  Correct... read more

Presentation given by B2Q on the LSL Retrocommissioning project 3/27/2018

Osmium tetroxide is commonly used as an oxidizing reagent for synthesis and as a staining agent... read more

Some hazardous materials can affect your hearing after repeated and prolonged exposure.  These... read more

This handout provides information on the Peroxide Forming Materials Management Program. These... read more

This SOP provides basic safe practices for working with peroxide-forming materials.  Please also... read more

Pyrophoric materials have the characteristic of spontaneously igniting upon contact with air.... read more

Individuals who are pregnant, trying to conceive, or nursing a child while working in a lab and... read more

Please see this fact sheet for a concise description of air purifying respirator use and care.... read more

If you wish to wear a respirator, fill out and submit the Respirator Use Request Form to... read more

Rotovaps, used to remove solvent under reduced pressure from mixtures, can present a variety of... read more

This SOP discusses hazard mitigation strategies and requirements for soldering.  Please note... read more

This document provides guidance on developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for work with... read more

The intention of this document is to set a standard for the design, construction, maintenance,... read more

Proper gloves should be use when handling hot objects or cryogens.

Heat resistant gloves... read more

This is a voluntary self-inspection form for laboratories 

This fact sheet talks about four main types of vacuum pumps (rotary vane vacuum pumps, diaphragm... read more

This SOP briefly describes different types of welding, cutting and brazing, including electric... read more