Lab Safety & Chemical Hygiene Program

Resources for Research Faculty

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PI General Rights & Responsibilities

Training Requirements

There are a number of trainings required for all researchers at UCSB to complete before working in the laboratory. Additionally, there are site and hazard specific trainings required on an as-needed basis. Click the Training Program link below to begin the laboratory safety training process. The Training Needs Assessment Form will direct you to any additional needed training.

Safety Training Requirements for New Lab Members
Training Program
Training Needs Assessment Form
Full list of trainings offered by EH&S

Laboratory Safety Review Program

EH&S will visit each lab space at least once per year. The main program through which these visits are conducted is the Laboratory Safety Review Program. If your laboratory handles biological and/or radiological hazards, you will receive independent targeted visits relating to those hazards as well. Laboratory spaces are also subject to inspections by outside agencies such as Cal/OSHA.

Overview of Laboratory Safety Review process
More Information on internal and external safety reviews and inspections

Personal Protective Equipment & Hazard Assessment

Each supervisor shall assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or are likely to be present, which necessitate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). The tool for research Principle Investigators to conduct and document this assessment is called ASSESSMENT (link below).

Upon completing the Hazard Assessment, PI’s should invite their group members to log into their ASSESSMENT group. These group members will be walked through a process which will ultimately issue them the required PPE at no cost, as well as document its issuance.

Steps to obtaining Free Personal Protective Equipment
UC Personal Protective Equipment Policy

Chemical Hygiene & Management

Cal/OSHA requires that all laboratories that use chemicals develop and implement a Chemical Hygiene Plan that describes the measures taken to protect researchers from these hazards. This plan must include Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) that describe how chemical hazards are handled in your laboratory. More information on this and other chemical management issues are in the links below.


The biological safety program facilitates regulatory compliance for principal investigators conducting research with potentially infectious materials, toxins and certain recombinant DNA strategies. The campus biosafety officer oversees the program and coordinates the activities of the university’s biosafety committee. For more information go to:

Biological Safety Program

Radiation Safety

The Radiation Safety Program provides services to the campus community to assure safety and compliance with applicable campus policy and governmental regulations related to: Radioactive materials, Radiation Producing Machines, Lasers and Magnets. For more information, go to:

Radiation Safety Program

Controlled Substances

The Controlled Substances Program (CSP) provides researchers with services related to compliance with UC Policy Bus-50 and all Federal, State and Local regulations relating to research activities that involve dangerous drugs including controlled substances, listed and/or precursor chemicals, and dangerous devices. For more information, go to:

Controlled Substances Program

Animal Care and Use

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), recognizes the scientific and ethical responsibility for the humane care and use of animals involved in research and education and enjoins all individuals involved to the highest standards of animal care and consideration. UCSB has established an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which is qualified through the experience and expertise of its members to oversee the institution's animal care and use program, facilities, and procedures. For more information, go to:

Animal Care and Use

Field, Dive & Boat Safety

Not all research occurs in the laboratory! For those of you involved in research that takes you out in the field, we have programs designed to keep your researchers safe and your trips productive.

If your research occurs on land, please visit our Field Safety Web Page for more information.
If your research occurs on in water, please visit our Dive & Boat Safety Web Page for more information.



Alex Moretto
Research Safety Division Manager
Hector Acuña
Research & Occupational Safety Specialist
Chandra McCarthy
Laboratory Safety Specialist
ARC, Chemistry, ECE, Materials, MCDB, Mechanical Engineering, MRL, NRI, Physics
Nelly Traitcheva, CSP
Field Safety Officer & Laboratory Safety Specialist
Anthropology, Bren, Chemical Engineering, CNSI, EEMB, Earth Science, ERI, Geography, MSI, NRS, Psychology
Office: Elings Hall, Rm 3229