Contact: Marie Bao - Executive Director of Research (617-432-4076), Room C-213,

The Environmental Health & Safety web page can be found here.


For safety related emergencies (medical, fire or evacuation, biological or blood spill, radiation spill, chemical spill or gas leak), please refer to the Harvard Longwood Emergency Response Guide.

Accident Reporting and Investigation

When a workplace accident (or near miss) occurs, employees must report them to their supervisor immediately and fill out a Harvard Accident Report. Supervisors play a critical role in investigating root causes for the accident to prevent re-occurrence. Lab Safety Contacts should alert John Scales of any occurrence in their lab. Please refer to the E.H.&S. web page by clicking here.

Safety Toolkit

Here is the link to Lab Safety Toolkit, including the Laboratory Safety Orientation Checklist. Safety Plans, Programs and Regulatory information such as the Gerneral Lab SafetyBio-Safety ManualChemical Hygeine Plan,  Lab Hazard Inventory Emergency Door Placard Database.

EHS Recommendations for Minors in Labs

Prior to any minor (i.e.: under the age of 18 years old with no minors under the age of 16 years of age permitted in labs), entering Harvard's research or instructional laboratory facilities, EH&S recommends that the sponsoring department ensure completion, (by the Faculty Sponsor, Parent/Guardian, Minor), of the following forms available from the University's Office of General Counsel ( Please see the full document by clicking here.

Laboratory Move Out or Renovation Guidance and Documentation

These guidelines are designed to assist in lab moves to minimize hazardous exposures, regulatory violations, chemical spills, disposal costs associated with the discovery of unknown chemicals and undue delays in contractor activity or reoccupancy. Click Here

Hazardous Waste Fact Sheet

This is a document that provides guidance for the handling of hazardous waste generated at the Harvard Longwood Campus and can be located by clicking here.

Hazardous Waste Billing Policy

This is a link that provides guidance for lab waste generated at the Harvard Longwood Campus Click Here.

Laboratory Waste Management

This is a link that provides guidance for the management of lab waste. Click Here.


Below is the link to the Biosafety Web Page at Harvard, which contains a Forms section, (COMS and ORSP at the bottom), to register all biological work and research involving human and animal subjects. 

Building Evacuation

When the fire alarm sounds everyone must evacuate the building and assemble in the designated area (see map)

Evacuation is mandatory and those who do not evacuate may be subject to arrest.

Do not congregate at the exit or near the building.

Proceed directly to the assembly area.

Please report missing or unaccounted for colleagues, or those in need of evacuation assistance, to the person in charge (e.g. Police or Fire Department).

Do not re-enter the building until instructed by a uniformed official.

Do not enter any building that has the fire emergency strobes flashing. This is an indication that the building is still in alarm. When it is safe to enter, the strobes will stop flashing.

Emergency Evacuation For People Requesting Special Assistance

Information and Form


The Laboratory Safety Orientation Checklist , should be completed for people to work in the lab by their supervisor.

Laboratory Safety Orientation Checklist.pdf

(Required for lab technicians, research assistants, post-doctoral fellows and students. Anyone working in the lab.)

Individual training requirements are specified by your supervisor/PI on the ID/Risk Assessment Form (see Checklist)

For a complete list of training courses please see the link to the Environmental Health and Safety Training Website.

  • Radiation Safety Training (Call 432-1720)
  • Hazardous Chemicals/Waste Training (View "Right-to-Know" video at the ID Office - Kresge, Rm 103)
  • Animal Training (Read "Safe Use of Laboratory Animals at Harvard Longwood Campus"), contact Animal Resoureces center for additional training requirements for those who will have direct contact with experimental animals (ARCM - 432-1285)

Glove Policy

Out of health and safety it is important that a gloved hand should never touch common surfaces outside of the laboratory.(see glove policy)

Safety Committee

Each lab has a designated safety committee representative. The safety committee meets once a month to update/review safety procedures and discuss specific safety issues and resolutions in the individual labs.