Division of Research Safety

A unit of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation

University of Illinois

Promoting a culture of safety through the implementation and oversight of comprehensive safety programs, building partnerships, and providing key services.


The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) requires that spark-free refrigerators/freezers, specifically rated for flammables, be used if cold storage of flammable materials or liquids is necessary.The Division of Research Safety is offering funds to eligible laboratories for the purchase of flammable material storage refrigerators/freezers. Click here for more information.
Contact DRS immediately to report any incident or near miss (e.g. "close call") at 217-333-2755 or drs@illinois.edu. DRS will complete a follow-up report detailing the events that led to the incident or near miss. For more information see the Incident Reporting and Investigation page.

State and federal rules require labels on hazardous waste containers. The Division of Research Safety has developed container tags that satisfy the new rules. You can download the new tags here.