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Safety Guidelines

General Information

The CEE department has adopted a set of safety guidelines that pertain to all department affiliates including staff, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students and post-docs. Compliance with the guidelines is assessed by (1) reading and signing the CEE General Safety Guidelines and submitting the signature page to Mr. Steve Fratto, CEE laboratory coordinator, and (2) completion of the Tufts Environmental Health and Safety (TEHS) laboratory safety training module, which can be found at the Annual Laboratory Safety Training.

Environmental Health and Safety

Tufts Environmental Health and Safety (TEHS) promotes health, safety and environmental protection in teaching, research, public service and administrative activities by providing training, advice and other compliance assistance. TEHS provides leadership in developing and supporting high quality programs that allow students, faculty and staff to protect themselves from potential health hazards they encounter at the university. In addition, TEHS staff has the expertise needed to direct efforts toward compliance with health, safety and environmental laws and regulations.

Safety Training

  • Annual Laboratory Safety Training
    This online course encompasses the following trainings: Hazard Communication, Chemical Hygiene, and RCRA Hazardous Waste Training. This training is required for all personnel working in laboratories and clinical areas, such as the Dental and Veterinary Clinics. It must be completed initially and thereafter on an annual schedule.

Biological Safety

The Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBC) are responsible for ensuring that all research involving potentially biohazardous agents done at or sponsored by Tufts University or Tufts Medical Center is conducted in compliance with National Institutes of Health guidelines and with proper concern for the safety of research personnel, the environment, and the surrounding communities.

Chemical Safety

At Tufts University, all highly reactive and toxic chemicals must be registered with Tufts Environmental Health and Safety.

Environmental Management

The Environmental Management program handles a broad spectrum of environmental compliance matters for Tufts University by managing Tufts environmental management system. Our goals are to support Tufts mission by developing, managing and coordinating quality environmental services for the university, minimizing environmental risks and costs, as well as promoting environmental compliance and performance.

Radiation Safety

At Tufts University, the Radiation Safety Program provides guidance on all sources of ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation sources include radioactive materials and x-ray machines while non-ionizing radiation includes lasers and ultraviolet radiation sources.

International Travel Safety

Tufts is committed to the safety and well-being of its students, faculty and staff when they travel, especially to areas of the world that present heightened health and safety risks. In accordance with Tufts' Policy for International Travel Safety, all university-related travel has to be registered with the Tufts Travel Registry.

In particular, countries that have U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings have been identified as regions that require special efforts to mitigate risk. All travel involving Tufts students to a country with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning has to be reviewed and approved by Tufts (no separate travel registration upon approval is necessary).

Tufts Travel Registry

  • Information captured by the Tufts Travel Registry will automatically be registered with International SOS (ISOS), the international assistance provider for Tufts.
  • In the event of an emergency, this registry will enable Tufts to locate and contact you to coordinate help.
  • The registry allows travelers to securely store a copy of their passport.

Domestic Travel and Transportation

Individual students and student organizations frequently have a need for transportation to locations beyond the campus for Tufts sponsored programs and activities. For any university business travel it is important that students first review the University Fleet Policy.

Rental Vehicles

The Office of Campus Life has rules regarding the renting and operation of vehicles. Several student organizations and the Athletic Department have their own designated vehicles. These vehicles are managed by the specific student organizations/departments and are for the business of those organizations/departments only. Student Organizations with budget approval, either through a representing Campus Department or the TCU Treasury may also reserve vehicles from rental companies. Please review the OCL website for the most up-to-date information about renting vehicles.