New Principal Investigators

Welcome to Louisiana State University

We are happy to have you join our faculty and enrich the world around you! Our mission is to provide the resources you need to safely launch your research program.

In this packet, please find a brief overview of several of the resources available to you.  View detailed information on our website:

While the transition to a new lab, facility, city, state or even country can often be tumultuous and difficult, we aim to make this portion of the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Best of luck with your research pursuits!

EHS Research Safety Group

When an injury occurs, the first priority is taking care of immediate medical needs.  For emergencies, call LSU Police at 225-578-3231

All incidents that result in injury must be reported to Workers’ Compensation through the Office of Risk Management. The link below goes to the reporting form.  Use it to report all incidents that resulted in an injury or had the potential to cause an injury to an LSU employee or injury to others on University property or at a University activity or event

Report an incident

The Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS)-Biological Safety Section is committed to providing on-going support and expertise regarding the recognition, assessment, and control of biological hazards.  We provide a wide range of support services, from consultation to training, with the goal of ensuring the safest laboratory environment for all Louisiana State University faculty, staff, students, and the surrounding community.

As the Flagship institution of the state, the vision of Louisiana State University is to be a leading research-extensive university, challenging undergraduate and graduate students to achieve the highest levels of intellectual and personal development. The goal of Laboratory Safety is to support the achievement of this vision in a safe manner. 

EHS provides the Environmental Health Safety Assistant (EHSA). The EHS Assistant is an environmental management database that is available online to researchers and staff within the LSU community.  EHSA is user friendly and provides strong inventory and training programs with compliance features.  You will find the new EHS assistant easy to use and directions for each task.

The program is web based.  EHSA facilitates advanced tasks.  These tasks include managing chemical inventories, registering a laboratory or chemical storage space, new project review, generating door signs, laboratory hazard assessment, requesting a waste pick-up, and responding to inspections.  To perform these advanced tasks, lab personal have to access the EHSA system.   

Your PAWS ID and password allow access to the system.  If you have difficulty accessing the system, please contact EHS and we can adjust the internal security settings so that you will be able to see information relating to your research group.

The LSU web based training package for laboratory safety works in conjunction with the EHS Assistant (environmental management database) to meet the regulatory-based training requirements. The assigned training and due dates can be seen by PI’s from the main EHS Assistant Screen.

The Radiation Safety Office (RSO), a research compliance unit under the direction of the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC), provides research guidance and regulatory-mandated support of academic activities involving the use of sources of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation at LSU.

All UF research or clinic projects using, storing and disposing of all pharmaceutical products and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Controlled Substances in Research must abide by all Federal and State laws and University policies. Even if a delegate is chosen for maintaining all the paperwork involved, the PI is responsible for use, handling, storage and disposal.