Safety & Compliance

Hazardous Materials

The Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) ensures compliance with all local, state and federal regulatory agencies and UNM policies and procedures. EHS also assists with hazard analyses for projects involving highly hazardous materials and conducts a variety of training for UNM personnel who use hazardous materials.

Chemical & Lab Safety

EHS ensures compliance with the UNM Chemical Hygiene Plan and is responsible for conducting annual inspections of all laboratories, maker spaces, art studios and machine shops on campus. EHS Chemical Safety assists with chemical inventories and provides training on how to use UNM’s chemical inventory software. EHS Laboratory Safety also assists with the removal and proper disposal of hazardous waste and excess/unwanted chemicals from laboratories. 

Radiation Safety

Radiation Safety oversees the use of radioactive materials in research, provides necessary training, and helps procure requisite licenses.

Laser Safety

EHS oversees the use of non-medical and non-ionizing lasers in research, provides laser safety training, and maintains UNM’s laser equipment inventory. For ionizing or medical laser safety, contact the HSC Radiation Office

Biohazard & non-vertebrate animals

Biohazard Compliance for Research protects non-vertebrate animals, oversees research involving recombinant DNA, biohazards, and selective agents, and helps secure the requisite licenses.

Office of Animal Care Compliance (OACC)

The OACC reviews animal care and use protocols and provides services and resources that investigators need to accomplish their research goals in this regard. The OACC ensures compliance with associated federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines.

Industrial Security and Export Control

The Industrial Security Department (ISD) is responsible for assisting faculty, staff, and students with the security measures necessary to safeguard Classified Information, Export Controlled Information, and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Export Control regulates the shipment or transfer, by whatever means, of controlled items, software, technology, or services outside of the United States.

Minors in Labs Guidelines

General standards have been established for minors participating in University programs and for minors visiting University workplaces and classrooms.

"It takes less time to do things right than to explain why you did it wrong."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow