The Office of Health and Safety (H&S) is committed to providing a safe and healthful work environment within all George Washington University laboratories. H&S provides the expertise and assistance necessary to ensure that all University members working within laboratories are in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards. In order to ensure safe laboratory environments, H&S provides education through training, and assists in the development and implementation of emergency response procedures for university laboratories.

Persons working with infectious agents or materials must be trained in the proper procedures required for safe handling of these materials. Departmental chairs should ensure that appropriate training is provided for all laboratory personnel working with infectious agents. All safety procedures should be used in conjunction with facility design, engineering features and safety equipment to ensure laboratory personnel safety.

Laboratory personnel must be informed of any special hazards and signs that are present in the work area.

Chemical Safety

The university has developed the Chemical Hygiene Plan to provide guidelines for prudent practices and procedures for the laboratory use of chemicals.

Laboratory Fume Hoods

Chemical fume hoods capture, contain, and expel emissions generated by hazardous chemicals.

Laboratory Inspections

The university has developed and implemented the GW Chemical Laboratory Inspection Program (CLIP) to reduce the number of safety concerns that are present in laboratories. The laboratory safety inspections are to work in concert with the Chemical Hygiene Plan and Hazardous Materials Management Plan

Laboratory Training

All employees and students who use or may encounter hazardous chemicals, chemical products or generate hazardous (chemical) waste in the workplace must receive this training.

Biohazard Waste Disposal

Infectious waste boxes are the cardboard boxes with the red plastic liners that are used for the disposal of contaminated research materials. They are provided by H&S.

Lab Close-out Procedures

Proper disposal of hazardous materials is required whenever a responsible individual leaves the university or transfers to a different laboratory.