Laboratory Safety includes chemical, biological, radiological and physical hazards while working in the laboratory or field research. Various committees oversee portions of laboratory safety. Federal and State regulations require specific committees focused on certain hazards in some instances.
Chemical Hygiene Plan
NIU is transitioning to new laboratory safety software (CEMS). Registering your laboratory in the new system will create a Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) required for your laboratory. In the interim, you must have a copy (electronic or hard) of your current CHP available. (This was formally generated through infoEd). ORCIS can assist with creating the plan prior to CEMS becoming available to your department. Please see Chemical Safety for more information.
Laboratory Safety Committee
The Laboratory Safety Committee oversees general laboratory safety on campus.
- Institutional Biosafety: Recombinant DNA, biohazardous material including bacteria, virus to animals and plants and human blood/tissue
- Radiation Safety: Radioactive material use and X-Ray machines
- Laser Safety: Oversees safe use of laser equipment in research