This page outlines UROP research conduct guidelines as well as UCI's safety resources.


Environmental Health and Safety

UROP participants often use materials or energy that may be potentially hazardous to their health, safety or the environment. The Environmental Health & Safety Office recommends that students follow the same rules and be afforded the same level of health and safety training and protection as employees. The Principal Investigator (PI) on a project is ultimately responsible for the health and safety of all the workers in his or her laboratory. In addition to the PI, there is an extensive safety system that serves the UCI community. The offices below can be contacted by students, employees and PIs with questions about safety responsibilities, training, or appropriate procedures and precautions.

It is expected that UROP students will be supervised in the laboratory at all times.


General Safety

The Environmental Health & Safety Office (824-6200) is a source of safety information, including lab safety, ergonomics, seismic safety, accident prevention, and fire safety. UROP students should review the department's safety plan. The PI and the student should discuss the safety procedures that are specific to the hazards of the UROP project and the PI's laboratory.

The following schools have resident Safety Coordinators to assist students, employees and faculty in providing EH&S information.

  • School of Physical Sciences Safety Coordinator: 824-2518
  • School of Biological Sciences Safety Coordinator: 824-2221

For all other areas or if the school safety coordinator is unavailable, the following resources are available from EH&S:

  • Hazardous Materials Information: 824-7100
    Advice on storage, handling and disposal of hazardous and radioactive materials.
    For information regarding spills, contact 824-5073; for waste pickup, contact 824-4672.
  • Industrial Hygiene: 824-5073
    Advice on toxic materials, ventilation and respiratory protection.
  • Radiation Protection: 824-4814
    Information regarding radioactive materials; advice concerning laser safety and other hazards of non-ionizing radiation.
  • Biosafety Information: 824-7101
    All students working on recombinant DNA protocols must be registered with the Biosafety Officer. Students should remember that many labs work with disease-causing organisms that may not fall in the above categories. Ask the PI for information on what biological risks exist in his/her lab and what precautions should be taken in case of personal injury, spills, and waste handling.
  • Health Surveillance: 824-7147
    Students working with either of the following must be registered with the EH&S Health Surveillance Program:
    1. Bloodborne Pathogens (Human Blood or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM))
    2. Animal Related Research (Contact with animals)

PIs must provide training and ensure that students have recommended immunizations. In addition, students should have proof of personal medical insurance prior to working with these hazards.


For any other questions, please contact the UROP Office.

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