Environmental Health and Safety

The Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Office is responsible for radiation safety, chemical safety, occupational health and safety, chemical and biological waste management, biosafety/rDNA research, and environmental compliance. This office provides a comprehensive range of safety services to the MBL community. Please contact Marie Russell, Director of Facilities and Services, if you have any questions or need assistance. Researchers must contact the EH&S Office in advance if they wish to use radioactive materials or acutely hazardous chemicals.

Occupational Health and Safety covers emergency response, hazard communication, laboratory safety, indoor air quality, ergonomics and material handling, fire protection, industrial hygiene and chemical safety, construction safety, industrial safety, fall protection, confined space entry, accident and injury prevention, and incident investigation.

Radiation Safety covers ionizing and non-ionizing radiation safety programs. Ionizing radiation programs include: radioactive materials use, radioactive waste management, and radiation generating devices (e.g., x-ray machines, accelerators, radiography). Non-ionizing radiation safety programs include: lasers, microwaves, radiofrequency radiation, static magnetic fields, infrared radiation, and ultraviolet radiation.

Waste Management covers hazardous waste management, universal waste management, waste minimization, and hazardous materials spill response.

In accordance with our Mission and Policy, the Environmental Health & Safety Office works with the Institution Safety Committees and Department Safety Committees to administer and implement the Environment, Health, and Safety programs at the institution. The Environmental Health & Safety Office reports to the Director of Facilities, Services and Projects.