Skip to Content

Coronavirus: Get complete details about the university's response to COVID-19.

Environmental Health and Safety

Research & Laboratory Safety

We work to provide a safe research environment for all laboratory personnel, and to facilitate compliance with research safety regulations, standards and guidelines.

COVID-19 Research Safety Updates and Guidance

Each laboratory has been advised to create continuity of operations plan for their research that meets their unique needs. The following recommendations can be used to facilitate development of this plan:

  • DLAR has issued guidance to all animal users, and this guidance must be followed
  • Orders for laboratory supplies may be delayed and you should plan for deliveries
  • Repairs performed by Facilities or services provided by external vendors may be delayed
  • Identify procedures and processes that require regular attention
  • Define personnel to safely perform essential activities
  • Ensure you have contact information for your critical lab personnel
  • Cross-train research staff to cover responsibilities of others that may be unable to work
  • Review contingency plans and emergency procedures with essential lab staff
  • Maintain an adequate inventory of critical supplies that may be impacted by shipping delays
  • Implement measures to prevent the spread of illness among your lab group
  • Stay home and do not come to work if you are sick or have symptoms of acute respiratory illness
  • Ensure adequate training for individuals performing critical tasks and contacts for questions
  • Avoid performing any high-risk procedures alone in the lab
  • Ensure high risk materials are properly secured (chemicals, biohazards, radioactive)
  • Post signage on outside door of your lab for any critical information regarding the current operations of your lab as described in your continuity of operations
  • Review Guidelines for Reopening Labs and Resuming Research Operations [doc]

All COVID-19 research projects using biohazardous materials must be approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee prior to performing any experiments. Please notify the Biosafety Office (Sherika Smith or Mark Robbins) if you are planning to conduct any COVID-19 research using biological materials.

Biosafety Resources for COVID-19 Research:

UofSC Guidance

General Guidance

Disinfection/Decontamination Guidance


Note: To ship any COVID-19 research samples, you must have current shipping training. For questions regarding shipping training, email Sherika Smith.



Contact Research & Laboratory Safety

Contact Position/Role Email Office Phone  
Bryan Bagg Radiation Safety Officer  803-777-7530
Vacant Assistant Chemical Hygiene Officer    
Allen Boyd Health Physicist - Electronic Products 803-777-2841
Jeff Brannon Chemical Waste Manager 803-777-1935
David Estey Infectious Waste Management 803-422-2122
Jocelyn Locke Chemical Hygiene Officer   803-777-7650
Mark Robbins Research Safety Bureau Chief 803-777-4042
Jennifer Roose Assistant RSO - Radioactive Materials  803-576-6818
Sherika Smith Biological Safety Officer  803-777-1625

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.