MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

For Faculty Supervisors: Safety Issues

UROP participants often use or work near materials, equipment, or energy that may be potentially hazardous to themselves, others, and/or the environment. The Institute Council on Environmental Health and Safety requires that students follow the same rules and be afforded the same level of health and safety training, protection, and support as MIT employees.

As the project's Principal Investigator (PI), you are ultimately responsible for the health and safety of everyone in your laboratory, including employees and undergraduate researchers (UROPs). It is expected that UROP students will be supervised at all times while in the laboratory or other potentially hazardous environments. Therefore, a UROP student should not be assigned to be a supervisor, even to other UROPs or high school students.

Please make sure to communicate the hazards typically encountered in your laboratory as well as project specific hazards. This includes arranging for the appropriate lab specific and EHS safety training of UROP students. In addition, there is an extensive safety system that serves the entire MIT community. In addition, there is an extensive safety system that serves the entire MIT community. The safety and related offices listed in the Guidelines section address questions concerning safety responsibilities, training, and appropriate procedures and precautions.

Supervision of UROP Students

Supervision of UROP students must conform to the MIT Policy on Working Alone. For specific requirements, please see the CAB/ESCRO policy for students working in biological research laboratories. The MIT Committee on Radiation Protection restricts undergraduates from the unescorted use of gamma irradiator facilities. All other restrictions for undergraduates are listed as specific conditions of approval with their respective PI's authorization. If you plan to have a student under the age of 18 years old working in your laboratory you must contact the EHS Office for additional details.

Reporting Injuries

Please see the Reporting Occupational Injury or Illness page of the MIT EHS website for information on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) record keeping requirements and guidelines on the steps that need to be taken by both supervisors and their employees should an injury occur, including who to contact for various issues.

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