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Environmental Health and Safety

Laboratory Management

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Duties and Responsibilities

In 2011, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board issued an informational video


Laboratories are unique places that present an array of emergency scenarios not present in the standard classroom environment. As such, emergencies in the laboratories must be handled......

Lab Safety Orientation

All student researchers and teaching aids are required to attend a laboratory safety orientation session prior to working in the lab. Training is provided by the Environmental Health and Safety office at the beginning of each semester (including summer). Additional sessions are available on an as-needed basis. To find out when the next training is scheduled or to schedule a new session, contact your department's teaching lab coordinator or the Environmental Health and Safety office.

Safety Inspections

Laboratories are periodically audited by the Environmental Health and Safety office to ensure that they provide a safe and healthy environment for learning and research.

Hazardous Waste Management

Hazardous waste must be handled according to national and local guidelines. No amount may be thrown into the regular trash or poured down the sink. Please contact Environmental Health and Safety to arrange disposal of all hazardous waste.

Not sure if your waste is considered hazardous? Take a look at our Hazardous Waste Identification Guide.


For more information, please contact:

Leanne Wright, MPH, CSP
Assistant Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Phone: 202-885-2007

Medical waste disposal guidelines

Medical waste disposal guidance document

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