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.

Laboratory 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.

Focus on Lab Safety

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.

NEW - Right to Know!


The OSHA regulation that covers chemical safety information, the "Right-to-Know" regulation, has been updated to provide clearer information to everyone who uses chemicals. These changes now make this the "Right-to-Understand" regulation. The safety information provided on product labels and safety data sheets (formerly material safety data sheets or MSDSs) is now standardized and all manufacturers are required to use the same hazard warnings and precautionary statements for the same chemical. This will allow for consistency in the information that the user has available to them.

For more information, please go to EH&S's Hazard Communication Guide/Right to Know page .

Shipping Hazardous Materials

The packaging, documentation and transportation of Hazardous Materials and/or Dangerous Goods by air, ground, or water is highly regulated.

All university employees planning to perform any function associated with the transportation of Hazardous Materials or Dangerous Goods, must be trained. These functions include: the proper identification, packing and shipping of Hazardous Materials. Those Hazardous Materials include flammable, combustible, corrosive, reactive, oxidizing, toxic, radioactive, infectious, asphyxiating, elevated in temperature, or compressed, including aerosol cans, dry ice, infectious and/or diagnostic specimens.

Any questions, please contact Clifford Knee at (631) 632-3725.

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The Edward J. O'Connell
Excellence Award in
Health Science Fund


Edward J. O'Connell III
December 12, 1952 -
February 14, 2013

In fond memory of Edward J. O'Connell, EH&S Radiation Safety Officer, the Edward J. O'Connell Excellence Award in Health Science fund has been established. For more information about the fund and how you can contribute, please click here.