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Research Safety

Find research safety information for UC San Diego.

Research Safety NewsPolicies, procedures, and services for UC San Diego 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

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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