The laboratory safety program minimizes the risk of injury or illness to laboratory workers by ensuring employees and students are trained and equipped with the information and equipment to work safely in the laboratory. EHS provides support and guidance to faculty, staff, laboratory supervisors and managers, students, and other Arizona State University community members. We assist with the development and implementation of appropriate lab safety practices and procedures. In this section, you will find supporting documents and information to accomplish this mission in your laboratory.
A laboratory is a facility or room where potentially hazardous chemicals, biological agents, or sources of energy are used and scientific experimentation, research, or education occurs. See policy EHS 104. Each laboratory at ASU is required to complete a laboratory registration with EHS and renew annually.
EHS will conduct inspections to determine individual compliance with local and federal regulations. Annual Laboratory and Fire inspections will be conducted in all research and teaching labs. EHS will also conduct annual Biosafety, Animal Biosafety, or Machine Shop and regular Radiation Safety inspections if your lab contains these materials. You will receive a notification prior to inspection. To help prepare for future inspections, please review the inspection checklists below and perform self-inspections on a regular basis.
Lab close-out or move
Starting a new lab
EHS must be notified before a laboratory is newly occupied. EHS will assist you with the lab start-up in accordance with the EHS 405 Laboratory Start-up/Close-out policy and provide guidance and assistance to ensure that all hazardous materials regulations and EHS policies are addressed.
Closing out or moving a lab
If you are closing out or moving an existing lab, moving or transferring a piece of equipment or disposing of equipment:
- EHS must be notified prior to a laboratory or equipment move, relocation or vacancy for any reason.
- EHS will inspect your lab at the time of the move and complete a Lab closeout inspection form.
- More information is available at EHS 405 Laboratory Start-up/close-out.
- Use the Preparing for a lab or equipment move form to assist with ensuring that all hazardous material regulations are satisfied.
Email EHS with questions or call 480-965-1823.
Students less than 18 years of age who plan to spend time in ASU labs are required to provide the university information regarding their activities and attend specific safety training courses. To protect minors from potential hazards in laboratories or areas where hazardous processes occur they must follow the approval process prior to entering the laboratory. Please visit our visitor and volunteer webpage for instructions.
Find more information on the EHS training webpage.
Laboratories are required to be registered on an annual basis using one of the options below. The Principal Investigator or their designee complete the registration process. If you are new Principal Investigator, you must register your lab using the paper forms method. If you have not requested access to the EHS Assistant database, please request access by submitting an EHS Assistant Access Request. After submitting the request, EHS will receive and approve your access to EHS Assistant.
Register your lab using paper forms
The Principal Investigator or his or her designee submits a responsible party information form along with a chemical inventory. Chemical inventories need to include quantities and some basic information. Signage related to the registration will be sent to the PI or their designee for posting at the laboratory. The lab registration sign provides important reference information in the event EHS or Emergency Response Personnel must enter the lab or contact you in the event of an emergency.
Register your lab online
Log in with your ASURITE ID and password.
Choose Manage My Account.
Name of Responsible Party or PI.
Under Questionnaire choose Responsible Party Information.
Under RPI choose Add Responsible Party Information or Renew an Existing Responsible Party Information.
Chemical inventory management
Principal Investigators or their designee can manage chemical inventories online. Follow the steps listed in the Chemical Inventory Access Form to view, adjust and print an existing chemical inventory.
Green Labs program
The ASU Green Labs program is important because laboratories are responsible for disproportionately high energy use, often consuming 3-8 times more energy per square foot than other office buildings. Lab operations involve increased ventilation requirements for occupant safety, longer operating hours and energy intensive equipment needs such as chemical fume hoods, autoclaves and clean rooms. The Green Labs Program assists in reducing energy use and implementing other sustainable practices through education and alternative solutions such as the fume hood “Shut the Sash” energy conservation program which reminds researchers to shut the fume hood sash when it is not in use. Other reasons to make your lab Green include:
Certification earns recognition on the lab safety registration placard and individual certificates.
Green Labs certification may help increase the likelihood of receiving grant funding.
Help support sustainability at ASU by reducing waste and conserving energy in labs.
Most Green Labs practices are straightforward and may be activities the lab staff is already performing.
Steps to attain a Green Labs Certification:
Verify your lab has a current EHS Laboratory Safety Registration.
Verify the lab group shares agreement to pursue ASU Green Labs Certification.
Designate a Green Lab Coordinator for the lab.
The ASU Green Labs program was honored in 2014 with the ASU President’s Award for Sustainability.
Employees who work with hazardous materials in academic and research labs are required to complete applicable training courses. Use the training determination tool to determine the applicable courses for your job function. At a minimum, you are required to complete the following courses depending on your actual work performed in the lab, or other courses depending on the hazards in your work area.
Biosafety and blood-borne pathogens.
Fire Safety and Prevention.
Hazardous waste management.
Visit the EHS training webpage for more information on training details, times and locations.
Visitors and volunteers
Non-ASU employees such as volunteers and visitors who plan to spend time in ASU labs are required to provide the university information regarding their activities and attend specific safety training courses. Visit our visitor and volunteer webpage for instructions, or check out the EHS training webpage for more information.