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 Division of Research Safety is seeking applicants with a minimum of two years of experience working with hazardous chemicals in a laboratory environment, examining chemical reactivity, handling hazardous waste materials, and providing laboratory chemical/safety/industrial hygiene support. This Research Safety Professional position will provide technical guidance to facilitate the safe conduct of research, teaching and related activities associated with the Urbana-Champaign campus.

For more information, see the full position announcement here

There are many regulations regarding the transport of hazardous materials/dangerous goods.

You can find information on those regulations here.


    State and federal rules about labeling hazardous waste containers have changed. The Division of Research Safety has developed container tags that satisfy the new rules.

    Instructions for using these waste tags are available at https://www.drs.illinois.edu/Waste/WasteTagRequirement.
    The tags are not required for excess, unused chemicals, because the manufacturer’s labels already meet the requirements.

    There are three ways to obtain the waste tags:
    (1) Pick up pre-printed tags in campus storerooms.
    (2) Download a fillable pdf version from the DRS web site
    (3) Request delivery through campus mail by emailing drs@illinois.edu.