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Safe Research is Smart Research

The U-M Office of Research (UMOR) and the Department of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), in coordination with the Office of the Provost, launched the Research Smart initiative in early 2015 to strengthen and sustain a strong culture of laboratory safety on campus by creating more effective ways to ensure proper safety measures are followed in all research activities.

The U-M initiative aligns with guidance on improving research safety at educational institutions issued by the National Research Council, the American Chemical Society and the American Association for Public & Land-Grant Universities.

Goals of the initiative

  • Enhance a cooperative culture of safety around all research activities

  • Improve communication, awareness, and resource assessment across campus

  • Establish commitment to using proper safety procedures in all research activities

  • Identify best practices and strategies that may serve as a model

"Safe research is the responsibility of everyone in the laboratory – how we think, how we act, and most of all understanding that making sure no one gets hurt in the process is paramount. When planning a project we must understand the hazards, protective measures, and controls."

– U-M President Mark Schlissel

University-wide Oversight Committee

The U-M Laboratory and Research Safety Committee (LRSC) advises UMOR and EHS on U-M policies and implementation of federal and state research safety regulations. The faculty-led committee assists departments by reviewing how safety incidents and concerns are addressed, and recommends improvements and remediation, as necessary.

Roles & Responsibilities

Everyone is responsible for safety.

Faculty, staff and students can learn more about promoting a safe laboratory and research environment from the Academic Laboratory and Research Safety Policy. This policy outlines the general roles and responsibilities for all people conducting research in U-M laboratories or in the field (regardless of location), as well as the procedure for reporting and resolving safety issues.

For detailed information about research safety requirements (e.g., equipment, procedures, training), visit the EHS Research & Clinical Safety website.