Safety for Researchers

In this section you will find policies, training, and resources that address health and safety in research. 


Questions about this topic can be answered by:

Gibbs, Lawrence

Associate Vice Provost

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)

(650) 723-0448, (650) 723-7403

Emergency Contacts


Emergency Contacts

Emergency fire, police, medical aid

911 - from your cell phone

9-911 - from a campus phone

286 - from a campus phone at the School of Medicine

Hazardous materials incident

650 725-9999 - Environmental Health & Safety

Current emergency information

650-725-5555 - Emergency Hotline  (recording)

844-253-7878 -  Emergency Hotline

Stanford Emergency Information

650 -725-1619 - School of Engineering hotline (recording)


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School Health and Safety Websites


School Health and Safety Websites


The School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences Health and Safety provides information here about safety in laboratories and offices, the school's emergency preparedness program, and strategies for regulatory compliance.

 School of Earth Energy & Environmental Sciences Health and Safety

School of Engineering Health and Safety provides information here regarding safety in offices and labs, the school's emergency preparedness program and strategies for regulatory compliance.

School of Engineering Health and Safety

School of Medicine’s Safety and Emergency Management Programs Office provides resources for you and your department to promote good health and safety. 

SoM safety and Emergency Management

School of Medicine Lab Safety Resources support everyone working in and supporting lab research in promoting a culture of Lab Safety. 

SOM Lab Safety

School of Humanities and Sciences Health & Safety

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Stanford's commitment to providing a safe environment for everyone creates particular requirements for PIs in research laboratories. Labs at Stanford house chemicals, equipment, and other materials that can pose hazards to health. The proper management of these hazards is not only good lab management, it is also a regulatory requirement.

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Training is fundamental to safety. Both the Environmental Health & Safety Office (EH&S) and the School of Medicine Health & Safety Office provide training material. EH&S maintains specific guidance materials and tools to help you develop an effective chemical hygiene and laboratory safety program. In particular circumstances, training can be required as a condition of laboratory access.

All safety training should be completed before an individual is allowed to work unsupervised in a Stanford laboratory. PIs play a key role in ensuring staff members properly identify and complete safety training. To assist you in determining what safety training you, your students, and project staff need to take, visit the online tool "Training Advisor."

After answering a set of questions about job duties, a list of required training will be emailed to both the employee and supervisor.

In addition to the courses specified by using the Training Advisor, supervisors, managers, and PIs must provide Tier III health and safety training on hazards specific to the job site, equipment used, experimental procedures, etc. Supervisors, Managers, and Principal Investigators may contact EH&S for assistance in developing and reviewing their local Tier III training. Please contact the Occupational Health and Safety group at (650) 725-3209.

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Safety Partners

Vigilance in the lab also requires ongoing communication and the prompt reporting of problems. University Safety Partners is a group of appointed representatives
who are responsible for the administration of the University’s health and safety
program within their respective School or VP units. 

Each school has a Safety Partner to ensure a safe learning and working environment. They can guide you in laboratory and office safety, your school’s emergency preparedness program, strategies for regulatory compliance, and resources to help you work more safely.

You can find the name and contact information for the University Safety Partner in your School or unit in the Related Links section at the bottom of this page.

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Environmental Healthy & Safety Website

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is the principal health and safety office at Stanford University. EH&S works closely with the University Safety Partners (the designated safety officers in the laboratory schools, Operations and Maintenance and Housing and Food Services) and the safety coordinators, safety committees, administrators and faculty in the departments. If you need help or information about health and safety, call EH&S at 723-0448.

Environmental Health and safety

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Administrative Panels

In addition to general safety requirements, there are two particular research areas that require special reviews and approvals. If your research involves any of the following, your project protocol must be reviewed and approved in advance by an administrative panel:

  • recombinant DNA molecules
  • infectious or biohazardous agents
  • radioactive isotopes
  • ionizing, ultraviolet laser, and/or microwave radiation

Faculty working with biohazardous agents and/or recombinant DNA molecules should be familiar with the Administrative Panel on Biosafety. Those working with radiation or lasers should contact the Radiation Safety Office (650-723-3201) and review the Health Physics information on the EH&S website.

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