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Laboratory Safety

The Office of Emergency Preparedness and Occupational Safety is responsible for regulatory compliance and safety issues across the Georgia College campus.  The Coordinator of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety works with all departments at Georgia College  to develop and implement all laboratory safety policies and procedures.

Laboratory: A laboratory is defined as an area where hazardous materials may be used as part of teaching or research including but not limited to: science laboratories, fine art studios for painting, sculpture, ceramics, wood/metal working, jewelry, textiles, etc., and other areas of operations at the university. Such laboratories are characterized by controlled uniformity of conditions (constant temperature, water or utility services, humidity, cleanliness, fume hoods and/or cabinets and proper waste disposal/fire safety measures in place) and subject to federal, state, and university regulations. A laboratory usually contains chemicals and other agents/materials (e.g. fine arts studio) that, once used, will need disposal according to regulatory requirements.

Laboratory safety policies and procedures: General laboratory safety policies and procedures are given in the Georgia College and State University Laboratory Safety Manual. Each department has developed additional policies to address their area of study.  These specific departmental manuals can be found at the following links:


Biological Safety Manual


Laboratory Safety Rules





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