Research Ethics and Lab Safety

Lab Safety Training: Harvard requires all new employees or trainees working in Harvard labs to pass a Laboratory Safety Training Course. On-line training is available through the EH&S Training Management System. Your lab manager or administrator will have the information about the course. In addition, many labs may mandate further safety training for specific techniques and procedures that they use.  These trainings are particularly important for students who are just getting started in the lab and may not be familiar with the procedures for handling and disposing of hazardous materials or working with animals.

Research Integrity Training: Scientific research is governed at both the institutional and federal level. Harvard undergraduates are expected to become familiar with the ethical standards of their discipline and conduct their research activities with the highest level of integrity and commitment to excellence. As an undergraduate, you are encouraged to ask questions about proper practices and procedures, to be organized and accurate in all of your research activities, and to follow the directions of your faculty mentors and other research staff closely. In addition to the guidance that you receive from your faculty host, the Harvard Undergraduate Research and Fellowship Office offers online RCR training which will help determine whether student need additional Animal Research Training or Human Subject Research Training. If you work at the Harvard-affiliated hospital or Harvard-affiliated institute, they might have specific trainings. Thus, contact your PI for lab-specific requirements. 

Additional Links:

URAF RCR Training

FAS Responsible Conduct of Research Training

FAS Research Integrity

FAS Biosafety compliance

Ethics Training: Human subject research training (IRB)

Animal research training (IACUC)