The academic laboratory environment is highly complex and requires support and guidance information to promote safe work practices and compliance.   Our laboratory resources include process review procedures, equipment resources and checklists, PPE guidance and more.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Technology Elizabeth Nichols work area in her Jordan Hall lab. She has been experimenting with plants that can either slow or stop underground contamination. photo by Roger Winstead

Chemical engineering major Olivia Gordon of Cary chats with her mentor in her Zhejiang University lab.

Chemical Safety

Laboratory chemical safety guidelines including chemical storage, exposure prevention, eyewash and safety showers, and Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Controlled Substances

DEA and NC-DCU regulated substance

Compressed Gases & Cryogenic Liquids

EHS requirements for working with compressed gases and cryogenic liquids.

Fume Hoods and Lab Exhaust

Types of fume hoods, limitations, NC State’s inspection and certification program, and information for project managers

Hazard Reviews

Processes involving hazardous materials and/or equipment that need to be reviewed and approved by EH&S.

Hazardous Materials Shipping

This program ensures that NC State University employees are shipping hazardous materials in a manner that is safe and compliant with regulatory policy.

Electrical Safety

NC State University’s goal is to minimize staff  and student exposure to electrical hazards including shock/electrocution, arc flash, and fire.

Laser and UV Safety

Guidance on laser use/design safety considerations, and UV, RF, and Microwave safety in laboratories

Personal Protective Equipment Requirements for Laboratories

Selection, limitation, and proper use of personal protective equipment required for different tasks

Fact Sheets and Resources

Lab and chemical relocation information, fact sheets and checklists

Lab Safety Inspections

Information regarding inspections and corrective action suggestions

Laboratory Security and Safety Guidelines

Guidelines and recommendations for safety and security in laboratories.


This procedure applies to the procurement, generation, distribution (sharing), use, shipping, and disposal of engineered nanomaterials.

Secondary Safety Contact

In a new approach aimed to assist labs/other spaces to improve health and safety conditions, EH&S is offering information and training for secondary safety contacts.

Laboratory On-Boarding/ Off-Boarding Program (LOOP)

Departments/ PIs must plan in advance to ensure that safety and infrastructure requirements are in place for the planned research. Furthermore, when starting up or shutting down research, there are specific regulatory requirements that must be met to ensure a safe and compliant transition.

NCSU Surplus Guidelines

Procedures for the Proper Disposition of Equipment and Materials Through NCSU Surplus