Identify the Hazards

How to conduct a hazard assessment in a lab. (American Chemical Society)

All Lab Supervisors and Lab Safety Officers safety should review Laboratory Supervisor Responsibilities.  

All lab personnel are required to complete the online training called Laboratory Roles & Responsibilities.

Identify The Hazards in Your Lab

Each lab must identify the hazards in their laboratory.  Then, determine and document the proper methods of control in order to reduce the risk of exposure or injury. 

Before you begin working in the lab, use the links below to determine the following:

  • General lab hazards, and/or
  • Specific lab hazards 


Safety staff is available to assist. Email


Pregnant Laboratory Workers

UVM strives to provide a safe working environment for all laboratory workers.  However, minimizing risks for pregnant workers is especially important due to the sensitivity of the fetus to specific chemicals, biological agents and ionizing radiation.  If you are pregnant or become pregnant while working in a lab at UVM, you should consult with your physician for their recommendations.  Risk Management & Safety staff can assist in completing a risk assessment of the hazardous materials that you work with in your lab.  SDSs and other hazard information should be shared with your physician.  Based on recommendations of your physician, alternative accommodations may be arranged.  For more information, please see the safety guidelines for pregnant women in UVM's laboratories

Laboratory Hazards

Below are hazards you may encounter in your laboratory with links to specific websites on their hazards and how to control those specific hazards. 

Laboratory Hazards

Chemical Safety

Biological Safety Radiation Safety Fire Safety

Anesthetic Gases

Ergonomics and Back Safety

High Powered Magnets *

Under Construction

Compressed Gases Electrical Safety Laboratory Equipment Machinery
Cryogenic Materials Glassware Lasers Working at Heights
Dry Ice Hand and Power Tools Ladders

Ultraviolet (UV) Light

3D Printers Lead / Lithium Batteries    


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