Compliance and Safety

Georgia State University seeks to maintain the highest standards of research consistent with federal, state and local regulations in order to ensure proper treatment of human and animal subjects, address lab and biosafety issues, ensure compliance with export control regulations, as well as radiation and environmental safety.

GSU’s Compliance Program

For the university, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) promotes a culture of compliance, research integrity, and high quality research within the university community.

Compliance and Safety Training

Those on Georgia State campus may need to complete certain compliance and safety training before being permitted to perform certain tasks or visit certain areas. Visit the Compliance and Safety Training page to see what training is offered and use the Required Training Questionnaire to help determine what training might be needed.


Biosafety involves applying a combination of laboratory practices and procedures, laboratory facilities, and safety equipment when working with potentially biohazardous materials to protect laboratory personnel, research products, the environment, and public health.

Research and Environmental Safety

Georgia State has a number of programs established to help it comply with local and federal regulations, and to ascertain the health of our student body and our campus.

Export Control Regulations

Export control laws broadly describe a comprehensive series of regulations enforced by the federal government concerning the export of certain controlled technologies.

Human Subjects

All research at Georgia State that involves human subjects must be reviewed and approved in accordance with federal law and Georgia State policy.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

All research at Georgia State that involves animal subjects must be reviewed and approved in accordance with federal law and Georgia State policy.

Lab Safety and Hazard Communication

As the institutional official responsible for compliance and safety issues, Georgia State Vice President for Research and Economic Development, James Weyhenmeyer, Ph.D., has activated the Laboratory Safety Committee (LSC) for the purposes of creating and enforcing laboratory safety policy.

Radiation Safety

Georgia State is licensed to possess certain radioactive materials by the state of Georgia. The laws require that certain “Standards for Protection Against Radiation” as set forth in Georgia Department of Natural Resources “Rules and Regulations for Radioactive Materials,” Chapter 391-3-17, must be enforced by persons holding such licenses.

Research Occupational Health and Safety

The Research Health and Safety Program is tasked with overseeing and managing the Medical Monitoring Program for personnel with exposure to laboratory animals.