Lab Safety

About Us

The Lab Safety Office promotes a safe research environment by fostering partnerships with faculty, students, and staff to enable them to recognize risks and empower them to learn, discover, and work safely to minimize injuries, illnesses, environmental impact, and regulatory risks. 

We accomplish this by providing exceptional service and leadership through program and policy development, information and training, consultation, periodic reviews of environmental health and safety practices and complying with policies and regulations.

How We Support

We minimize injuries, illnesses, environmental impact, and regulatory risks through the following activities:

  • Development and implementation of safety policies and programs.
  • Administration of safety courses and training.
  • Inspection of research facilities.
  • Conduction of incident, hazard and risk assessments.
  • Identification, evaluation and control of potentially hazardous situations.
  • Implementation of corrective actions plans and suggestion of recommendations.
  • Publication of information that reflects current topics and best practices in safety.
  • Evaluation of emergency preparedness procedures and responding to emergency incidents.
  • Management of hazardous wastes.
  • Operational support of research oversight committees.
  • Collaboration with regulatory agencies.
  • Periodic review and evaluation of safety programs, policies and regulations.
  • Lab Safety Forms and Policies
  • Lab Coat Program
  • Regulatory Oversight Committees

Report a Safety Concern Form
(For full form functionality, please download PDF and complete the form outside of your internet browser)

The Lab Safety Office has partnered with Medico Professional Linen Service to provide lab coat services at no cost to research labs. The vendor will barcode, launder, repair, and replace lab coats as needed. The Lab Coat Program is managed by the Lab Safety Office. Refer all Lab Coat Program inquiries to labsafety@chla.usc.edu. These include:

  • New Lab Coat Request
  • Lab Coat Loaner
  • Lab Coat Replacement
  • Lab Coat Laundering
  • Lab Coating Fitting
  • Lab Coat Repair
  • Lab Coat Barcoding
  • LHAT Assessment

To find additional information about the Lab Coat Program please refer to the documents below:

Lab Coat Fact Program Information
Lab Coat Fact Sheet
Lab Coat Request Form (For full form functionality, please download PDF and complete the form outside of your internet browser)

Research activities undertaken at the institute must be conducted in accordance with strict ethical principles and in compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations/policies. Applicable research projects may not be conducted without appropriate regulatory oversight review and approval.

Regulatory oversight committees are mandated to promote the ethical and responsible conduct of research and to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements relating to research involving but not limited to the following:

  • Conflicts of interest
  • Vertebrate animals
  • Biological infectious agents
  • Human Derived Materials
  • Recombinant DNA
  • Synthetic nucleic acid molecules
  • Viral vectors
  • Gene transfers
  • Human subjects
  • Radioactive materials and devices
  • Stem cells

Conflicts of Interest in Research Committee (COIRC)

Minimizes potential bias; protects the interests of researchers and the Institute through the disclosure, review, and support of research.

Contact the Conflicts of Interest in Research Office at ConflictofInterest@chla.usc.edu

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Oversees the Institute’s animal care and use program, facilities, and procedures; provides a framework for compliance with federal policies, guidelines, and principles for the use of animals in research.

Contact the IACUC Office at IACUC@chla.usc.edu

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

Per NIH guidelines reviews/approves research involving recombinant DNA and synthetic nucleic acid molecules; also reviews/approves research involving biohazard materials.

Contact the IBC Office at IBC@chla.usc.edu

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Provides a core protection for human research participants through advance and periodic review of the ethical acceptability of proposals for human research.

Contact the Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) Office at HSPP@chla.usc.edu

Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)

Regulates safe use of radioactive materials and radiation-producing devices in research to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

Contact the Radiation Safety Office at Radsafetyoffice@chla.usc.edu

Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (SCRO)

Responsible for the review/approval of research involving the use of human embryonic and pluripotent stem cells.

Contact the Stem Cell Research Oversight Office at SCRO@chla.usc.edu