Research Safety

Research laboratories use a variety of techniques and processes to investigate a vast array of scientific questions but all have a common core of health & safety program requirements. Research safety partners with researchers across campus to ensure that laboratory research is conducted safely and in accordance with applicable regulations. Safety is essential to the responsible conduct of scientific inquiry.

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Conducting Research Involving Diving

UBC is a member of the Canadian Association of Underwater Science. Please contact the Diving Safety Officer for further details on the program.

General Lab Health & Safety

Provides a set of minimum standards and practices for the safe and healthy operation of a laboratory.

Diving Safety FAQs

Additional information on diving safety.


To facilitate and ensure the safe and knowledgeable use of biological materials in research, teaching and the environment.

Diving Forms & Resources

In order to conduct diving research, forms and resources must be met prior to diving.

Chemical Safety

Incorporates the entire lifecycle of the chemical beginning with purchasing and ending with disposal.

Training & Required Diver Qualifications

Prerequisites to qualify for training as a Scientific Diver.

Radiation, X-Ray and LASER Safety

To facilitate and ensure the safe and knowledgeable use of radiation sources and devices in research, teaching and the environment.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Movement of materials classified as "Dangerous Goods" under Transportation Canada regulations.

Research Safety Resources & Documents

Keeping campus labs safe