Environmental Health and Safety promotes safety and environmental stewardship through the development and implementation of a variety of environmental, health and safety programs. Your awareness and involvement will help to ensure compliance and the well-being of our campus community.
Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month as a time to bring attention to key safety issues. As you plan your 2014 safety calendar, please join the Council and thousands of organizations across the country to reduce risk of the following safety issues:
Week 1: Prevent prescription drug abuse
Week 2: Stop slips, trips and falls
Week 3: Be aware of your surroundings
Week 4: Put an end to distracted driving
Bonus Week: Summer safety
Stony Brook University places the highest emphasis on protecting the safety and health of all persons who work in or visit our facilities. Stony Brook requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors to strictly adhere to required laboratory safety practices and procedures as established by the Federal, State and University regulations, policies and recognized industry standards. Your awareness and involvement will build a strong safety culture and help assure the success of the academic and research mission of the University. Please visit the EH&S Laboratory Safety website to learn more.
EH&S has issued 2 new lab safety policies: "Laboratory Safety" and "Working Alone in Research Labs". Both policies were reviewed and approved by the University Laboratory Safety Council. The policies apply to everyone working in a research laboratory at SBU, and will help protect laboratory workers from potential exposures to hazardous materials and processes found in the laboratory.
The Laboratory Safety Policy brings general laboratory safety requirements from several documents into one policy so that laboratory workers, supervisors and Principal Investigators can be easily informed about the requirements. The new policy also provides consistency between the EH&S biological safety, chemical safety and radiological safety guidance documents.
The Working Alone in Research Labs provides requirements and guidance to develop a lab specific safety protocol for working alone. Working alone, especially after hours, can be unsafe and should be avoided whenever possible. When it cannot be avoided, other available means to protect lab workers in the event of an emergency situation must be used. The Principal Investigator (PI) has the responsibility to ensure the safety of all lab workers in their laboratory, and after conducting a hazard review, can approve laboratory staff to work alone.
The EH&S policies that apply to laboratories are now grouped together on the Policies & Procedures web page for easier access. They can be found in the "Laboratory Safety" section on the Main Campus Policies and Procedures web page.