Environment, Health and Safety Management

MIT is committed to ensuring that MIT staff and students have the same level of protection to their health and safety, and to the environment, regardless of their work location.

For any activity where potentially hazardous materials and/or potentially dangerous equipment will be used, the Environment, Health and Safety Office (EHS) is available to assist in determining your field research safety needs.

Conducting fieldwork abroad

A successful field project requires extensive planning. Projects that use potentially hazardous materials warrant additional attention to protect the health and safety of research personnel and the environment. EHS has developed the Field Research Safety & Emergency Preparedness Plan and Field Research Safety Guidance to assist you in planning your next field projects.

Learn more about traveling abroad.

Hazardous materials in international settings

MIT staff and students working internationally with hazardous materials must follow the requirements of MIT and their host institution. Please contact EHS to review requirements related to:

  • MIT EHS training 
  • Safe storage, use, and disposal of hazardous materials
  • Local permits and research registration, which must be obtained by the PI
  • Personal protective equipment which may require extra planning for purchase
  • Policies and procedures related to emergency preparedness

Visitors to MIT

If your project will bring collaborators to MIT, it is important that they are trained on emergency preparedness procedures. The department, lab, or center (DLC) is responsible for reviewing its emergency plan with visitors so they can react accordingly in the event of an emergency. 

Visitors entering laboratories for observation purposes must be provided with the appropriate personal protective equipment. Those working with potentially hazardous materials must complete MIT’s EHS training for proper use and disposal of such materials. Training is also required for work with biological materials, lasers, and other potentially hazardous material. Contact your DLC’s EHS Coordinator to notify them about these visitors and their need for EHS training.