Faculty reminded to submit safety protocols for remote lab coursework

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With the announcement that Penn State will begin the spring 2021 semester remotely, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) would like to remind all faculty who are considering having students complete hands-on laboratory experiments/projects at home that they must submit protocols to EHS for a risk review and approval.

Many students' homes are not set up with adequate ventilation, lack environmentally safe disposal procedures, and have insufficient experience to handle if something were to go wrong, along with other concerns about chemical safety and other safety considerations.

More information and a labs-at-home approval request form are available at and

Last Updated January 12, 2021