Biological & Environmental Safety

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (the University) is committed to ensuring the safe handling, storage, and disposal of potentially hazardous agents and recombinant DNA used in University research and instruction.  University policies are designed to ensure that employees, students and visitors follow safe practices for both people and the environment when working with or near hazardous agents, and that the University is in compliance with all relevant Federal, State and local laws and regulations.

Three University committees provide oversight for the use of hazardous agents and report to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement.  These committees are a liaison between safety programs in EH&S and the research community.  The Institutional Chemical Safety Committee advises EH&S in the effective implementation of policies and practices to ensure the safe use of chemical hazards.  The Radiation Use Committee reviews proposed use of radioisotopes in research and other use of radiation sources.  The Institutional Biosafety Committee reviews rDNA registrations and use of biohazardous agents. 

The Department of Environmental Health & Safety operates a comprehensive environmental health and safety program using a multi-disciplinary approach. Responsibilities within the Department are organized by program area. If you are interested in EH&S’ laboratory safety trainings click here. For additional information regarding the Environmental Health and Safety Program, or its services, check out EH&S’ website or call 545-2682.

The Biological and Environmental Safety Compliance Program is overseen by the Office of Research Compliance. If you are trying to find the Environmental Health & Safety Program at the University of Massachusetts, please click here.

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Please contact Jennifer Donais at 413-545-3428 or


Last Revised 9/24/10