Laboratory & Clinical Safety

Depending on hazards present in each location, several EHS teams collaborate to provide safety services and ensure compliance in MSU laboratories and clinics.

New Researcher Orientation

New researchers should contact EHS to schedule an orientation meeting to discuss laboratory hazards and any relevant EHS requirements, including training. Lab setup references are listed below.

Lab Guide

Training requirements will be discussed during new PI meetings. General training guidelines are provided by EHS.

Request Laboratory Door Signs from the EHS Safety Portal. (Instructions)

Michigan Right-to Know: Right to Know (PDF), New or Revised SDS (PDF)

sds posting revised sds

Biological Exposure Response Procedure (PDF)
exposure response

Autoclaves: inspected by EHS; training required for users.

Biosafety cabinets: are certifed annually by a contractor.

Eyewash Test Log (PDF): download to document testing.

Fume hoods: are tested annually by EHS.

Refrigerators: review EHS policy on flammable storage in refrigerators and practices to avoid mold growth

For building repairs, custodial service, or pest service, contact MSU Infrastructure Planning & Facilities.

Biological spill kits: contact EHS's biosafety team

Chemical spill kits: available at Biochemistry Stores

Gas cylinders: must be purchased through University StoresSmall quantity liquid nitrogen cylinders are available at Biochemistry Stores. Toxic gases on Toxic Gas Cylinder Preapproval List (XLSX) require preapproval by EHS before ordering.

Lab coats: available through Spartan Linen Services.

Radiation safety supplies: contact the EHS radiation safety team

Additional resources: Biochemistry StoresChemistry StoresUniversity Stores, and MSU Surplus and Recycling

Fixed biological materials, chemicals, or dry ice: contact Logistics

Pathogenic organisms: contact EHS's biosafety team

Frequent biological shippers: complete online training and pass an exam in order to make shipments

For more information on shipping chemical or biological materials, see the Shipping section.

Ordering/transfer of radioactive materials: see the EHS radiation safety team

General campus mail: contact Mail Services

To request waste pickup, submit a request on the EHS Safety Portal (Hazardous Waste Pickup). For more information, see the Hazardous Waste section.

Safety Programs

Lab Closeouts

When personnel leave the laboratory or the university, EHS will assist with proper disposition of hazardous and radioactive materials. Procedures are outlined in the EHS Laboratory/Containment Area Closeout document.