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.

Holiday Fire Safety On Campus & At Home

Decorating for the holidays is fun and an important part of our observances and traditions; but when decorations are not used properly, they can result in fires, injuries and death. Students, faculty and staff are urged to follow some simple guidelines to keep safety in mind when decorating on campus, at work and at home. NATURAL trees, wreaths or garland are not permitted on Campus or in Residence Halls. Artificial Christmas trees are permitted on campus and must be less than 6' tall.

  • Do not position artificial trees or decorations in exits, stairways, or where it may block the view of exits or exit signs.
  • When choosing holiday decorations, select only those materials made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant or non-combustible materials.
  • Do not use untreated cotton batting, flock, and paper which may ignite easily and burn intensely.
  • Christmas or decorative lights are not to be placed on walls, ceiling, fire alarm equipment, bathrooms or corridors.
  • Lights must bear the UL Listing Mark.
  • Carefully inspect lights and wiring for damage.
  • Do not overload extension cords.
  • Always unplug lights before replacing light bulbs or fuses.
  • Turn off all lights and decorations before leaving.
  • Never use lighted candles as part of any holiday display.
  • Note: Lighted candles, incense, and open flames are strictly prohibited in Residence Halls, and must be approved by the Fire Marshal for all other uses.
  • In case of a fire or other emergency, please call University Police. Dial 333 from any campus phone or (631) 632-3333

For additional information, please visit the following sites from the National Fire Protection Association:



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.

Ebola Virus Information

Biohazard Toxins

Stony Brook University is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information on the Ebola virus outbreak in several West African countries. For more information, please go to Ebola Virus Information.

Focus on Lab Safety

Select Toxins

Biohazard Toxins

Stony Brook University is a registered entity with the Federal Select Agent Program and is subject to periodic review by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the possession, use and transfer of BSAT. In order to ensure compliance with the select toxin "due diligence" provision of the regulations, Principal Investigators who possess select toxins are required to report their current inventory to EH&S. For more information about this requirement, please see Rules for Possession, Use and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins.