Important Updates on Research Continuity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Instructions for Laboratories

About Us

The University of Chicago established the Office of Research Safety (ORS) in 2014 to serve as a primary resource for campus-wide research laboratory safety, user training, and associated information sharing. Its dedicated teams of biological safety, chemical hygiene, and radiation and laser safety experts work to ensure that all research is conducted safely and according to federal laws and institutional guidelines. These teams collaborate closely with researchers, departments, divisions, Environmental Health and Safety at the University and the University of Chicago Medicine, and safety committees including the Committee on Radiation Safety, the Institutional Biosafety Committee, and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The Office of Research Safety oversees biological, chemical, radiation, and laser safety programs. Its goal is to minimize risks to all individuals working with or around hazardous substances, and any accompanying risks to the surrounding environment, while supporting the mission of the University of Chicago.