Research Safety

LSU is committed to maintaining a culture of safety through the university, in all colleges and departments, and across all disciplines. In 2017, the Association of Public & Land Grant Universities (APLU) issued a report on the need for creating and sustaining such a culture in higher education. The LSU Research Safety Committee has reviewed the report's recommendations and issued a response that highlights LSU's strengths as well as areas for improvement. 

Please review the following pages for more information about:

This guide is a roadmap for a university-wide effort to strengthen a culture of research safety. The guide has action steps, resources, and recommendations to help navigate the challenge of changing the culture of the institution.

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Proper disposal of hazardous materials is required whenever a responsible individual leaves Louisiana State University or transfers to a different laboratory. (“Responsible individual” can include, but is not limited to: faculty, staff, post-doctoral, and graduate students.) Plan the disposal of hazardous materials carefully. Hazardous materials such as chemicals, microorganisms, tissues, and sources of radiation can injure faculty, students, staff, contractors and visitors if handled inappropriately.

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The Radiation Safety Office (RSO), a research compliance unit under the direction of the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC), provides research guidance and regulatory-mandated support of academic activities involving the use of sources of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation at LSU.

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