Laboratory Safety

The laboratory safety program invovles policies, standard operating procedures, training and other information to ensure compliance in research and teaching laboratories at WSU. There are various regulatory requirements that laboratories must meet when working with biological, chemical and radiological materials. OEHS specialists will visit your laboratories periodically to conduct safety audits that will assist you with keeping researchers safe and complying with regulations.

If you're starting a new lab or relocating your lab, complete the PI Onboarding Checklist.

Laboratory Safety Fact Sheets

Policy for Minors Working in Research

Principal Investigators who would like to hire individuals or host volunteers who are minors (under 18 years of age) for work or observation in laboratories and animal research facilities must comply with the WSU Policy for Minors Working in Laboratories. and complete the application process outlined below. This must be completed prior to the minor beginning. Submit applications no later than 2 weeks before the desired start date.

1. Complete and submit the following forms to

Appendix A & B in the WSU Policy

Office of General Counsel Release Form: For volunteer minors only. Minors who are in a sponsored program or part of an organized school project do not need to complete this release.

2. Instruct student to complete Laboratory Safety and (if applicable) Biosafety training course(s).

3. OEH&S will schedule a brief safety inspection of the lab prior to the minor/visitor/volunteer beginning work.

4. The PI/ Department must contact the Office of Risk Management at 313-577-3110 regarding insurance/ liability issues for related to hosting a minor, visitor or volunteer.

5. The PI/Department must contact the Office of Internal Audit at 313-577-2128 for Children on Campus/Child Safety Awareness Training.

For questions, call the main OEHS phone line: 313-577-1200.