Laboratory Safety

Environmental Health and Safety

The University of Texas at Tyler offers students a myriad of opportunities for learning.  Laboratories are one exciting way to further your education.  Composed of hands-on applied learning, students can receive real world experience inside modern laboratories and art studios on campus.  These spaces can come with a certain amount of risk.  The risk varies greatly depending the contents and/or amounts being handled, knowledge of handling procedures and on the amount of lab patron experience.  The differences can range from department to department, even lab to lab!  It is therefore prudent to set a standard to create a foundation for safe and effective use of this educational time.  


                                       Laboratory Safety Policy

EH&S along with faculty and staff from across the campus have created a laboratory safety policy.  This policy applies to all UT Tyler owned, leased or operated facilities.  The program describes the basic do's and don'ts inside all labs, shops and studios within these spaces.  The policy can be found here:

Laboratory Safety Policy

The Laboratory Safety Policy also includes addenda to safety programs for many specialized areas on campus including the different laboratories, shops and art studios.  These programs can be found here: 

  • Chemical Hygiene Program - required by the State of Texas, this robust program provides details on handling chemicals and general Chemistry lab safety.

  • Biosafety Program - this program features safety measures to aid in the safe practices unique to biology labs.  This program follows BMBL guidelines for work inside biology, microbiology and molecular biology laboratories.  These guidelines are a requirement by many labs receiving some state and national funding.
  • Laser Safety Program - required by the State of Texas, this program guides the use of any high powered lasers (non-ionizing radiation) within UT Tyler laboratories.  Special practices are required to work in these labs.

  • Radiation Safety Program - required by the State of Texas, information on ionizing radiation safety, laws, regulations and specific programs governing X-rays and radioactive materials can be found here.

                                     University Wide Programs:

Specific programs mentioned in the Laboratory Safety Policy apply to all laboratories, shops and studios across campus.


                                    Safety Information

  • BioRAFT SDS Search - this will provide you with the most up to date handling information on any chemical on campus