About Us

About the Office of Laboratory Safety

OLS is a service organization within the Office for Vice President for Research with specialized knowledge and expertise in biological, radiation, and laser safety. OLS manages a broad range of regulatory obligations for George Washington University and works closely with allied departments (Office of Health & Safety, Police, Facilities Management, Risk Management, etc.) within the University and in our surrounding communities.  OLS has an office on the Foggy Bottom campus.

Mission Statement

The Office of Laboratory Safety (OLS) adds value to the extraordinary teaching and research science of George Washington University through its commitment to high standards and support services.  OLS fulfills its commitment by systematically identifying hazards and controlling risks in the protection of individuals, public health and the environment. With guidance from University compliance committees, OLS provides the management and operational support for laboratory health and safety.

Finding reasonable and effective solutions to everyday health and safety problems—while striving to be consistent and helpful in all our activities—is an important priority for OLS. To renew and strengthen OLS for the future, we value the importance of education, training, certification, scholarship and involvement in our professional societies. 

Major Program Areas

·         Biological Safety

·         Radiation Safety

·         Laser Safety

·         Incident Reports

·         Hazard Communication

·         Waste Disposal (Radioactive Material ONLY)

·         General Laboratory Safety

·         Training