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Health and Safety

The Wyss Institute's laboratory safety support and training are provided by Harvard University’s Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) office. The EH&S website ( provides guidance documents, help sheets, and numerous resources searchable by area, (e.g., Buildings & Facilities, Emergency Management, Laboratories), services, program and resource type.

Annual Environmental Health & Safety Training

In accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, all employees of the Wyss Institute are required to complete EH&S training annually. In addition, all collaborators who request access to the Wyss facilities must also complete the online EH&S training.

To be added to the Harvard Training Portal (HTP), please contact:

Longwood: Susan Kelley,

Cambridge: Simonetta Piergentili,

Wyss Manuals

Hard copies of all manuals are available in each of the laboratories.

Emergency Reporting

  • For any emergency, contact the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) at 617.432.1212.
  • For medical emergencies, call 911 then HUPD with the exact location of the emergency.
  • To report any chemical or biological incidents, call University Operations at 617.495.5560.

Material Safety Data Sheets

  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) are prepared by manufacturers to summarize the health and safety information relating to their products.

  • To obtain MSDS’s, consult the manufacturer’s website or visit the EH&S MSDS webpage where you can access the ChemWatch database of more than 13 million MSDSs.



We've won a Webby Award!

Wyss Institute is proud to announce our win in the 2012
Webby Awards in the Science category.