The University of Cincinnati Biosafety Office is responsible for performing risk assessments to identify hazards and to guide researchers in implementing safety practices and procedures to minimize or eliminate risks associated with research involving biohazardous or potentially biohazardous materials.

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Lab Accidents

Immediate Response

When working in a laboratory where biological hazardous materials are used, regardless of the safety precautions that are adopted, accidents still happen and it is very important to be prepared for that.

Follow these procedures for different types of accidents:

Download our printable Lab Accidents poster

Medical Assistance and Evaluation

For medical evaluation upon a personal injury and/or exposure, contact:
  • Employees - UC Health Employee Wellness INJURY HOTLINE 513-585-8000
  • Students  - University Health Services (UHS) 513-556-2564

If you have been exposed to a biological toxin, contact the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) immediately at 513-636-5111 (24 hours).

If this is a life-threatening accident or happens after hours, call 513-556-1111 or 513-558-1111.


Accident prevention is the most important part of the job of the UC safety offices, but we need your help reporting any unsafe condition or situation, so we can investigate and correct problems. It is important to report all laboratory accidents, regardless of severity.

An overview of the reporting process and applicable forms are available on Research How 2.



Mailing Address

Biosafety Office (ML 0767)
University of Cincinnati
University Hall, Suite 540 
Cincinnati, OH 45221

Street Address

University Hall, Suite 540 
51 Goodman Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45221

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General Inquiries

Phone: 513-558-6182