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Research Assistance|Risk Management and Safety

Identify the hazards in your area with these tools:

Laboratory Hazard Assessment

Standard Operating Procedures

Research Lab Coat Program

Procedures for enrollment and lab coat exchange HERE

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"Experimenting with Danger"

U.S. Chemical Safety Board video on hazards associated with chemical laboratories in academic institutions.

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Division of Administration

Research Compliance Links

Risk Management and Insurance

Contact Us

Risk Management & Safety
Dept. 4305
Wyoming Hall 102
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
RMSO Main Office
Phone: (307) 766-3277
Fax: (307) 766-6116
RMMC Building
Phone: (307) 766-3696
Fax: (307) 766-3699
Safety: It's My Job

Compliance with rules and regulations for risk management, environment, health, and safety is the responsibility of all persons involved in research activities at the University of Wyoming. This page of resources will help researchers determine which regulations apply and how to comply. Click on the terms below for more assistance.

More compliance topics (Animal Use, Conflict of Interest, Export Controls, Human Subjects, etc.) are addressed on the Office of Research and Economic Development Compliance page.

Biological Hazards

Research using these hazards may require registration from the Institutional Biosafety Committee, following the procedures in this document

  • Recombinant DNA (UW RMSO link) - Recombinant DNA molecules are defined as either: (i) molecules that are constructed outside living cells by joining natural or synthetic DNA segments to DNA molecules that can replicate in a living cell, or (ii) molecules that result from the replication of those described in (i) above.
  • Biological Agents including attenuated vaccine strains (UW RMSO link) - A microorganism such as a virus, bacterium, prion, or fungus, that causes disease in its animal or plant host including Select Agents.
  • Biological Toxins - Any toxic substance that can be produced by microorganisms, animals and plants. Most biological toxins manifest acute effects, though a few produce long-term effects.
  • Human Blood and other potentially infectious materials.

Chemical Hazards

To use any of the following chemical hazards, refer to the Chemical Hygiene program

  • Acutely Toxic Chemicals and Gases (UW RMSO link) - Toxic and reactive highly hazardous chemicals which present a potential for a catastrophic event at or above a threshold quantity. (Excluding Biological Toxins, which are listed above)
  • Nanoparticles or Nanotechnology (UW RMSO link) - Microscopic particles whose size is measured in nanometers. Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to produce new structures, materials and devices.
  • Pyrophoric, Water Reactive or Shock Sensitive materials (UW RMSO link) - Chemicals that will ignite spontaneously in air at a temperature of 130 deg. F (54.4 deg. C) or below.
  • Select Carcinogens (UW RMSO link) - Any substance (excluding radionuclides or radiation, which are listed below) that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer.

Radiation Hazards

Research utilizing these hazards may require registration and/or permits under the Radiation Safety program

  • Lasers (Type 3.B or 4) (UW RMSO link) - Class 3B and 4 lasers (as classified under ANSI Z135.1-2007) can cause injuries to the eyes and skin, as well as fires, electrical and other hazards.
  • Radioactive materials (byproduct material, special nuclear material, source material) (UW RMSO link) - Includes sealed or unsealed unstable isotopes that are: 1) produced in nuclear reactors or accelerators; 2) artificially enriched special nuclear (fissionable) materials; or 3) discrete forms of radium or other natural radionuclides.
  • X-rays or other equipment generating ionizing radiation (UW RMSO link) - Electronic sources of ionizing radiation (primarily x-rays) that are not radioactive materials covered above.

Regulated Waste Disposal

To dispose of many of the above hazards, refer to the Waste Management program

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