Laboratory Resources

Everything you need to know about UMBC lab regulations and policies in one place.
Newly Updated July of 2023
MSDS Online Chemical Inventory
An inventory of the chemicals we have in the department (Password Protected)
Word Document to have students and their parents or guardians fill out concerning safety in the laboratory.
Agreement concerning Intellectual property, Publications and scholarly work and release of liability for adult volunteers in the laboratory
Radiation safety Office
The University program for the control of radioactive materials and radiation producing devices is consistent with regulations of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP).
Radiation Safety Training
Consistent with the regulations of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), EHS requires that all radioactive material users successfully complete a radiation safety course of instruction. Any person who is going to handle radioactive material must attend. Any person who is not going to handle radioactive material, but who may frequent areas where it is used unsupervised, also must attend. All radioactive material users are expected to schedule attendance in the radiation safety training course within 60 days of registering with EHS as a radation worker.
Glass Shop
Expert scientific glassware and glass component repair, design assistance and manufacture of novel glass pieces, and general glassblowing services are available to University System of Maryland users at a charge of $50.00/hour plus the cost of materials. Services are available to outside entities at a rate of $75.00/hour plus the cost of materials.
Using Autoclaves
Directions for using the Steris / AMSCO 250 autoclaves in the ILSB

Lab Safety Training
UMBC uses the CITI web based training format to meet research compliance training requirements and document such training. Click on the appropriate hyperlink below to access. Questions or issues regarding training? Click this link: Research compliance feedback and reporting research concerns. All UMBC employees and students have a UMBC issued user credentials and should use Single Sign-On (SSO) to ensure that the course record is linked to your UMBC training activity. You must use your UMBC login credentials to access the training modules in CITI.

Safety videos and podcasts
The following website contains videos of safety videos from youtube. They tend to be a superior quality than the ACS videos.
EHS Office
Quick links to forms, information and links to MSDS,  Procedures for fire safety, biosafety, occupational safety, training and injury.
Inspection checklist
EHS’s laboratory Inspection checklist available for lab safety self-regulation
Waste Removal Request Form
Use this form to request removal of properly identified chemical waste. Fax the completed form to EHS at 5-1166
Chemical Hygiene Plan
This plan establishes general procedures and work practices that are designed to reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals used in laboratories. Compliance with these guidelines will reduce the health hazards associated with working with such chemicals.
MSDS sheets
MSDSXchange is the largest and most comprehensive reference collection of chemical manufacturer and distributor listings available on the web. In addition to this extensive collection, there are over 1 million manufacturer’s original material safety data sheets (MSDS) available for meeting compliance with OSHA’s Hazardous Communication Standard.