Laboratory safety program

Lab safety at a glance

Program contact

Ben Owens
Assistant Director, Laboratory Safety
University of Nevada, Reno
EH&S MS 328
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 327-5196
bowens@unr.edu

Research laboratories are unique work environments with multiple hazards. Hazardous chemicals are utilized in virtually every research laboratory, and are the common thread that unites all laboratory research environments. Other common laboratory hazards include biological agents, radioactive material, lasers, and physical hazards. Laboratory safety has traditionally been synonymous with chemical safety; however, true laboratory safety is achieved only when all hazards in the laboratory environment are considered.

Environmental health and safety regulations are a minimum obligation that all laboratories must meet, but laboratory safety is much more than a written safety manual and regulations; it is a daily work philosophy that is incorporated into all laboratory activities. Laboratory safety entails identifying and understanding the hazards present in the laboratory, assessing risks associated with those hazards, managing risk through the use of laboratory ventilation, work practices, and personal protective equipment, and preplanning emergency response actions.

The intent of the University of Nevada, Reno Laboratory Safety program is to manage laboratory risks so as to permit cutting edge laboratory research while ensuring the health and safety of personnel and the environment, and fulfillment of regulatory obligations.

Lab maps

Use these building maps to find information about University laboratories such as square footage and basic equipment within the spaces.

  • You must be connected to the University’s network to view the maps (either on campus or through remote access). If you’re connected to the network and the link appears broken, please contact OIT for assistance.
  • If you’re having trouble accessing the information in the maps, contact EH&S at (775) 327-5040.
  • If you need to make updates to your lab space within the maps, see data inconsistencies, or have questions about the information on the maps, email Chad Leonard.