Principal Investigators, faculty, and other laboratory supervisors have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of the lab staff, students, and visitors in the research or teaching laboratories in which they work. Principal Investigators have direct responsibility for ensuring that all safety policies are fully executed. This is accomplished through the review of work practices, inspection of facilities, development and implementation of procedures, use of engineering controls and personal protective equipment, mandatory training and the prompt correction of noted deficiencies. Additional PI responsibilities can be found on the EH&S Responsibilities web page.
All laboratories must be registered with Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S). This registration will identify laboratory spaces, responsible Principal Investigators (PI) / Laboratory Managers, emergency contacts, and hazardous materials and/or hazardous operations in laboratories. The information will be used to ensure regulatory compliance, facilitate and improve emergency response times, assist with future reporting requirements and approval for grant applications.
Register your lab with Environmental Health & Safety
You can register your lab using the Laboratory Registration System.
You can sign up for the EH&S labsafety listserve to receive training announcements and safety alerts.
If you will be working with any of the following in your lab, follow the links to learn what you need to comply with Stony Brook University procedures:
- Laboratory Safety
- Animals Facilities(DLAR, IACUC)
- Biological Material (includes Infectious Agents, Human material, Select agents)
- DEA Controlled Substances
- Human Subjects (IRB)
- Radiation (URPC)
- Recombinant DNA or Transgenic Animals (IBC)
If you work with biological material, you must take the Lab Safety Biological Hazards (ELS 003) class. The schedule and course material can be found on the EH&S web site: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ehs/training/courses.shtml?els003
You are also required to take the Regulated Medical Waste (ENV 005) class. The class can be taken on line or during a scheduled class. The schedule and course material can be found on the EH&S web site: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ehs/training/courses.shtml?env005
If you work with human cells, blood or tissue, you must take the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens (EOS 004) class. The schedule and course material can be found on the EH&S web site: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ehs/training/courses.shtml?eos004
For more information on the use of Select Agent or Toxins see the
Select Agents Summary page
If you have questions about working with biological material, contact the EH&S Biosafety Officer, Bob Holthausen by email firstname.lastname@example.org phone: (631)-632-9672.