Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety

The Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) is a section of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. EHRS provides a number of resources and services to help protect the health and safety of the University community and to assist in complying with local, state and federal laws. Some of the programs provided are:

  • Biosafety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Radiation Safety
  • Laser Safety
  • Hazardous Materials Disposal
  • Chemical Spill Response
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Laboratory Safety Audits
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Ergonomics Assessments
  • Asbestos Management
  • Environmental Audits and Assessments
  • Pre-construction Safety Design Review

Check the office web site ( for information on these programs and the following new items:

  • Carcinogen Mutagen Disposal Policy
  • Registration Document for Use of Recombinant DNA (Updated 3/98)
  • 1998 Exposure Control Plan for work with Bloodborne Pathogens-update yours annually!
  • EHRS Training Calendar:
    Introductory Laboratory Worker Training (offered monthly):
    Laboratory Safety at Penn
    Introduction to Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
    New Radiation Safety Worker Training on 3rd Thursday at 3p.m. at EHRS
    Annual Update Training for Laboratory Workers (offered monthly):
    Annual Laboratory Safety Retraining
    Annual Laboratory Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens Retraining
    Annual Radiation Safety Retraining
    On-line training for Users of Radioactive Materials:
    New Radiation Safety Worker Training (revised)
    Annual Radiation Safety Retraining (new this fall)

Contact us if we can be of assistance. EHRS, 14th floor Blockley Hall/6021; 898-4453, 898-0140 (FAX); e-mail:

--Matthew D. Finucane, Director

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 6, October 6, 1998