Occupational Health & Safety

Hazard Communication/Right-to-Know Program

Departments and student groups that are working with or around hazardous substances are required to be compliant with the Hazard Communication / Right-to-Know Program. Read more for information and related compliance forms.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

When there are concerns about indoor air quality within a university space, Departments are encouraged to first contact Facilities Management Service Response to seek resolution. EHS staff are available to meet with departments where health and safety concerns related to IAQ are present. EHS has basic IAQ equipment to assist in the identification of potential indoor air quality problems. We will work closely with Facilities Management to resolve any issues that are identified.

Machine Safety Program

Departments, researchers and student groups that are working with machinery are required to be compliant with the Machine Safety Program. Bench grinders, table saws, band saws, drill presses, lathes, presses, and mills are just a few examples of machinery that require adherence to the program.

Respiratory Protection Program

Respiratory protection use at Brown is coordinated through department supervisors and the Occupational Health & Safety staff in EHS. Approval for use of a respirator includes the completion of the following three components; Respiratory Medical Evaluation, Respiratory Protection Training for the specific type of respirator to be worn, and a Respiratory Protection Fit Test (hood PAPR use is exempt from fit testing).


EHS staff are available upon request to assess workstation ergonomic needs for Brown faculty, staff and students. We are also available to meet with departments proactively to provide Office Ergonomics Training. We can be contacted by phone or email to schedule.

3D Printer Guidance

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) has developed this 3D Printer Guidance to assist departments with selecting 3D printers and to inform them on how to use them safely.

Student Group Safety

Brown University student groups using machinery, building performance sets and/or using hazardous substances should be in regular contact with EHS and SAO to discuss training requirements and project plans. These student groups are required to adhere to requirements within the Performing & Visual Art Safety Program and develop a safety manual.


MSDSonline is used to manage and access hazardous substance inventories and safety data sheets (SDSs) for departments (non-laboratory) and student groups working with or around hazardous substances.