Safety Information

All teachers and mentors must continually strive to promote safe science while encouraging research projects involving students.  ISEF rules provide guidelines to allow minors to safely work in a supervised research laboratory.

There are many safety requirements that laboratories must use when working with biological and chemical materials and various equipment found in research. Teachers and students can protect themselves from the hazards associated with these materials by implementing various control measures, from using a fume hood or biosafety cabinet to wearing the correct personal protective equipment.

There are many resources available to teachers and students to learn what safe practices need to be used. Take the time to thoroughly review the hazards, exposures and risks that may be encountered in the proposed research. Don’t rely on “that’s the way we’ve done it for years with no accidents”. There may be a safer way to work with the laboratory materials, and the students need guidance on what current safety practices are available.

If you have any questions regarding Laboratory Safety, please contact Kim Gates, Stony Brook University Lab Safety Specialist and Chemical Hygiene Officer, at