Lab Safety & Special Training

Glove Policy in Common Areas

Gloves should never touch door handles, elevator buttons, telephones, card swipes, or any surfaces outside of the laboratory. Wearing gloves outside of the laboratory is not advised. When transporting chemicals use carts, bottle carriers, or secondary containment trays.

One Glove Rule: If you transport materials from the lab through common areas, use an un-gloved hand to touch common surfaces and a gloved hand to carry the items. Best lab safety practice is to package the material to allow handling the outer package without gloves and to contain the material if it were dropped.

Hot Work Permit

Prior to cutting, welding, or other hot work during maintenance or construction activities, a Hot Work Permit must first be obtained from Jim Sheehan (496-5336) at Northwest Building Operations. Will you be shutting down electrical power or any other power today to perform your work?

Smoking Restrictions

Smoking is prohibited inside of all buildings and on all Harvard grounds.

Injury and Illness Prevention

Harvard University is committed to providing a workplace that is safe for all personnel. To support that commitment, we maintain an Injury & Illness Prevention Program that includes recognizing, evaluating, and controlling hazards. Report all injuries to your supervisor and to the Northwest Environmental Health and Safety Officer at 496-5350.

Accident / Injury Reporting

Receiving prompt medical attention is the top priority. For routine medical situations, obtain first-aid supplies from your local first-aid kit. If medical treatment is necessary, use the off-site medical clinic. For serious or life threatening situations, call 9-911 if from a Harvard landline or  617-495-5560 if from a cell phone.

Other Emergency Numbers

Poison Control Center (800) 876-4766

Designated Local Emergency Medical Facilities
Nearest Hospital (Life-threatening/after hours):

Mount Auburn Hospital
330 Mount Auburn St # 3, Cambridge, MA
(617) 499-5166
Open 24-hours

Medical Clinic (non-life threatening/regular business hours)

University Health Services
75 Mt. Auburn Street Cambridge
Mon-Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
Sat & Sun 9:00am-5:00pm


Bradford Parsons

Lab Health and Safety Officer

+1 617 496 8414                         

Environmental Health & Safety

Evacuation Plans - Northwest Building

Laser Safety Services

Radiation Safety Services

X-Ray Safety Services