Laboratory Safety

Chemical Safety

A Chemical Hygiene Plan has been developed and implemented in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laboratory standard, 29CFR 1910.1450. These procedures apply to all employees in the college's teaching and research laboratories whose activities involve the use of chemicals and/or other potentially hazardous materials. This plan outlines the required procedures for the proper storage, use and disposal of these materials. A copy of the Chemical Hygiene Plan is available from EHS in 1219 Boylan Hall or 252 Ingersoll Hall Extension.

Radiation Safety

Principal investigators planning to conduct research involving radioactive isotopes must submit an application to the Radiation Safety Committee. Once the committee approves the protocol, the radiation safety officer will submit an application for license amendment to the New York City Department of Health for the principal investigator to be added to the college's license. Comprehensive information regarding the proper use of radioisotopes and protection against radiation exposure is provided in the Radiation Safety Plan. A copy of the plan is available in the EHS Office.


Information regarding the safe handling of infectious agents and potentially infectious materials is provided in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Biosafety Guidelines.

All employees working with these materials must be familiar with the CDC guidelines and have received appropriate training. The EHS hazardous materials manager is available for consultation when additional information on maintaining safety in the laboratory is required.

Laboratory Safety Equipment

EHS provides assistance with the proper selection, function and use of safety equipment, including the inspection and evaluation of fume hoods, emergency showers/eyewashes, fire extinguishers, etc. For assistance with testing of safety equipment, contact the EHS Office, 718.951.5400. To request maintenance and repair of safety equipment, contact the Office of Facilities, 718.951.5885.