Reminder: Lock laboratory doors when no one is present!

October 15, 2019 - Kristen Bullard, Genevieve Cottrell

MSU Police recently reported a burglary from an unattended and unsecured laboratory. Laboratory security is critical not only for protection of property, but for securing radioactive, biological, and chemical materials.

General laboratory security reminders:

  • Close and lock laboratory doors when no one is present. Consider the use of card-keys or similar devices when the risk warrants.
  • Do not leave hazardous materials unattended or unsecured at any time.
  • Lock freezers, refrigerators, storage cabinets, and other equipment where biological agents, hazardous chemicals, toxins, and radioactive materials are stored.
  • Secure all radioactive material from tampering or removal by unauthorized persons.

For security requirements related to specific hazards/materials, review safety manuals below, as applicable. Contact EHS with questions.

Contact MSU Police immediately if you suspect a theft has occurred in your laboratory. If the theft involves chemicals, biologicals, radioisotopes, research animals or sensitive research data also call EHS at 517-355-0153 to report missing items.