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Research Safety

Find UC San Diego research safety policies, procedures, and services for research and teaching laboratories.

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Be ready for the inspector

Learn what to expect from inspectors and how to make your lab inspection-ready:

Biological safety

Chemical safety | Chemical Hygiene Plan

Controlled substances

Emergency preparedness

Field Operational Planner

  • Use the Field Operational Planner to create a customized field safety plan for university-sponsored research or instructional field trips.

The Field Operational Planner helps you anticipate and prepare for potential risks before you go.

Fire safety


Hazardous waste

Human subjects

Laboratory Safety Manual

Laser safety

Minimum lab attire / PPE

The following minimum lab attire is required to enter or occupy Laboratories/Technical Areas where use or storage of hazardous materials occurs:
  • Closed toe/heel shoes must be worn at all times by all workers. 
  • Full length coverings. The area of skin between the leg covering and shoe should not be exposed. 
  • Skirts May be worn but the legs must be covered so no skin is exposed. Loose-fitting pants, such as surgical scrubs or cotton slacks, provide better protection than form-fitting pants or leggings. Panty hose or other thin synthetic tights do not meet the leg coverage requirement. Cotton material is recommended to synthetic materials when working with flammable materials.

Lab coats and safety glasses must be worn when working with or around hazardous materials. The Lab Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT) on the My Research Safety webpage is designed to assist with communication and documentation of PPE requirements. 

For additional information on Personal Protective Equipment, please visit our PPE Blink Page.

My Research Safety Web portal

Read about My Research Safety, a Web portal for centralized access to your Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) audits, inventory, and authorizations.

Note: You must have a UCSD Business Systems (sometimes referred to as Single Sign-On) user name and password to access applications on the My Research Safety Web portal.


Occupational health | Medical surveillance

Personal Protective Equipment

Principal investigators

Radiation safety

Report injury, illness, or exposure

Report all work-related injuries, illness, or hazardous material exposures immediately:

Important! Chemistry-Biochemistry personnel, follow special incident reporting instructions:

Research Assistance Program | RAP

Safety Data Sheets

A Safety Data Sheet (formerly called Material Safety Data Sheet) is a detailed informational document prepared by the manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical. It describes the physical and chemical properties of the product. SDS’s contain useful information such as toxicity, flash point, procedures for spills and leaks, storage guidelines, and exposure control.

Shipping | transfer | export control


UC systemwide

Vivarium safety

EH&S Contacts

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