Columbia University Medical College

Environmental Health & Safety


Protecting the health and safety of University personnel and the environment of the surrounding community is a fundamental responsibility of the University. The offices of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) promote the safety of the workplace and the community by providing administration, training, and information to ensure compliance with University policies and applicable federal, state and local regulations regarding:

  • Biological safety
  • Chemical safety
  • Environmental safety
  • Laboratory safety
  • Occupational safety
  • Radiation safety

The EH&S website contains information about all of these issues, including applicable policies and laboratory safety training schedules.

Safety Training

To ensure that researchers and laboratory personnel are properly trained in the handling and safe use of potentially hazardous materials, University personnel conducting laboratory research using any of the following are required to attend the relevant safety training:

  • Microorganisms
  • Human or animal tissue
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Recombinant DNA
  • Radioactive materials
  • Lasers

Click here to find out more about the training you may be required to take.

In addition, Columbia’s Institutional Biosafety Committee must approve the use of recombinant DNA. For further information, contact the Director of Biological Safety at