Laboratory Safety Colloquium Series

EHS, in partnership with the Office of Research and Economic Development, sponsors a spring and fall Safety Colloquium Series for Principle Investigators, research staff, and graduate students.


Plan to attend the April 15, 2015 Spring Colloquium!

Safety Culture: Perspectives and Practices, featuring Sean Kaufman, educator, consultant, and behavioral solutions expert.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Nebraska Union

Sean will discuss safety culture based on his experience with Emory University, Centers for Disease Control, and other public and private entities, including information on best practices for improving and sustaining safety cultures.  This colloquium will be applicable to everyone, especially to lab researchers, principle investigators, safety committee chairs, department heads and deans.

RSVPs are required and may be submitted online at: 
(Due to space limitations we ask that you cancel your RSVP should your plans change.)

You may attend via live-stream the day of the event.  It will also be recorded for future viewing.  

Questions for the presenter may be submitted to or they may be addressed during a question/answer period if possible.  You may also submit questions via live-stream.  If time does not allow, questions will be answered by the presenter as soon as feasible.  

For further information or to suggest future colloquium topics contact Elizabeth (Betsy) Howe at or (402) 472-5488.


Previous Sessions

Disaster! Protect Yourself & Your Research
- October 2014

Video (run time: 1 hour 8 minutes)

USDA-APHIS Veterinary Service Permits - April 2014
Information valid as of 4/2/2014. Review current USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services permit requirements when planning your research

Video (run time: 26 minutes)

USDA-APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Permits - September 2013
Information valid as of 9/18/2013. Review current USDA-APHIS PPQ permit requirements when planning your research.

Video (run time: 1 hour 19 minutes)

NIOSH Workshop: Building a Risk Management Program for Nanomaterials - June 2013

  1. Building a Risk Management Program for Nanomaterials
    Video (run time: 1 hour 18 minutes)
  2. NIOSH - Nanotechnology Research Center Active in the Lab and in the Field
    Video (run time: 1 hour)
  3. Risk Assessment Approaches for Nanomaterials
    Video (run time: 23 minutes)
  4. An Exposure Assessment Strategy for Nanoparticles
    Video (run time: 1 hour 34 minutes)
  5. Control Banding
    Video (run time: 54 minutes)
         a.  Risk Phases: Designated Hazardous Substances. NOHSC: 10005 (1999)
         b.  Control Banding (Good Nano Guide)
         c.  Silver Powder MSDS
         d.  Artificial Butter Flavor Safety Data Sheet (Firmenich)

Enhancing Laboratory Safety - April 2013

Video (run time: 1 hour 44 minutes)

Machine Shop Safety - November 2012

General Machine Safety SOP   

Safe Handling: Unstable, Reactive, Energetic Chemicals - April 2012

Video (run time: 23 minutes)
American Chemical Society - Creating Safety Cultures in Academic Institutions Report

Safe Handling: Highly Toxic Chemicals, Reproductive Toxins (Mutagens & Teratogens) and Biologically-derived Toxins" - October 2011

Video (run time: 67 minutes)

Flammable-Corrosive-Toxic Gas Safety - February 2011

Video(run time: 27 minutes)

Pyrophorics (Air-Sensitive) Chemical Safety - September 2010

Video (run time: 54 minutes)

Cryogen Safety - February 2010

Video (run time: 25 minutes)

Steam Sterilization Using Autoclaves - September 2009


Laser Safety: Hazards, Bioeffects, and Control Measures - February 2009

Handout: Choosing Eyewear: Questions for Optical Density Calculations

Centrifuges: Research or Rocket? - September 2008

Video (run time: 44 minutes)
Handout 1: Maintenance (swinging rotors)
Handout 2: Maintenance (general)

Preventing Laboratory Fires - March 2008

Tri-State Flashover Video (run time: 7:05)
Preventing Laboratory Fires Video(run time: 53 minutes)
Laboratory Fire Hazards

Chemical Safety: What you don't know can hurt you! - September 2007

Video (run time: 46 minutes)
Chemical Trivia

Exposure Control - Ventilated Hoods, Cabinets, & More - February 2007

Presentation Slides | Video 9 (for slide 8) | Video 11 (for slide 9)
Video (run time: 58 minutes)
Fume Hood Basics Video (run time: 5 minutes) QuickTimeMediaPlayer

Electrical Safety in the Laboratory - September 2006

Video (run time: 45 minutes)

Compressed Gas Cylinders - February 2006

Video (run time: 45 minutes)



* Sponsored by Environmental Health and Safety in collaboration with the Office of Research & Economic Development.