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Research Safety and Compliance

Laboratory, Radiation, and Biological Safety (LRBS) is an activity of Kent State University's Environmental Health and Safety Department. It was formed in 1995, to assist university research units in identifying and managing biological, chemical, and radiological hazards in order to reduce the risk of harm to University employees, students, property and the environment. The goal is to minimize losses to laboratory workers and property by developing and overseeing the implementation of comprehensive safety programs to facilitate the safe use of biological, chemical and radiological materials and to comply with regulations.

Research Safety is organized into three sections:
  • Laboratory/Chemical Safety
  • Radiation/LASER Safety
  • Biological Safety
LRBS responsibilities include developing campus safety policies, procedures, and training programs in these areas:
  • monitoring emerging regulations
  • identifying campus compliance requirements
  • providing advice and technical assistance to researchers
  • maintaining a liaison with Federal, State and Local regulatory agencies.
Each research unit is responsible for ensuring its activities meet or exceed established policies, procedures and applicable regulations. Tom Bialke, Manager of Laboratory Safety represents the Environmental Health and Safety Department on the KSU Human Subject Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the KSU Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC).