Lab Safety

Harvard University is committed to:

  • Promoting and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for its faculty, staff, students and visitors.
  • Being a model of quality in safety and environmental practices as we are in our teaching and research.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (“OVPR”) convenes the university-wide Laboratory Safety Committee, a governing body primarily empowered to review and promulgate policies, rules and procedures for laboratory safety across the University and responsible for advising on all aspects of laboratory safety.  The Committee is comprised of faculty PIs and safety officers from across the University who are knowledgeable in laboratory science and/or safety.

Beyond mere compliance with safety standards and requirements, Harvard's commitment is framed around encouraging and cultivating a culture of lab safety through communication and access to information and adequate resources.  A culture of safety is established when each individual accepts reseponsibility for the wellbeing of him/herself as well as those around them.  The Harvard University Laboratory Safety Policy developed by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research in consultation with EH&S and reviewed and approved by the University-wide Laboratory Safety Committee, establishes the basic University principles and the roles and responsibilties of disparate University units and constituents in promoting a culture of safety.

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