Laboratory Safety

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Preparing for Work in the Lab

Wake Forest University strives to provide a safe working environment while working in the laboratory. Anyone working in a laboratory must first complete the general laboratory safety training and any lab specific training that may be necessary when working with radioisotopes, animals, lasers, etc. It is also required that lab workers review applicable content of the Wake Forest University Chemical Hygiene Plan.

Go to the Laboratory Training and Scientific Research Safety Training page to see which training courses are required prior to beginning work in the lab.

Chemical Hygiene Plan

This Chemical Hygiene Plan reviews policies, procedures and responsibilities that protect faculty, staff and students from the health hazards associated with the hazardous chemicals within their particular lab. All lab workers must review those portions of the plan pertinent to their work and to any areas in the lab that may present hazards.

BioSafety Plan

The Biosafety Plan has been developed to provide guidance and enforce policies and procedures of the Biosafety Committee to microbiological and biomedical practices at Wake Forest University’s (WFU) laboratories. These policies and procedures apply to any research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules inserted into cells/organisms and potentially pathogenic microorganisms. In addition, the policies and procedures specify safety practices and the safe handling of biological materials.

Laboratory Biosafety training is required for individuals working in labs with biohazards.  In addition, those working with human blood, cells, or tissue are required to complete Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan training.  These are available through the WFU Online Safety Training system.  Contact the EHS Department for enrollment.

Laboratory Safety Topics

Laboratory Research Requirements


Need to report an unsafe condition or incident?

Phone: 336.758.EHAS (3427)
Office Location: The EHS building is in the Facilities Compound on Wingate Road. It is the last building on the left up from Fleet Services, next door to Landscaping.