COVID-19: Hands-on, Customized Guidance for a Safe Return to Full-scale Operations

Safety Partners support during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Baker-Polito Administration has issued a comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.  As part of this plan, all businesses must develop a written control plan outlining how its workplace will comply with the mandatory safety standards (see the full announcement at

Safety Partners can guide you through the process of developing and/or finalizing your plan, with emphasis on the areas highlighted by the Governor:

  • Social Distancing
  • Hygiene Protocols
  • Staffing and Operations
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting

In addition to following the new state guidelines, CDC, WHO, OSHA, and local guidance, let us guide you through the process of developing your customized policy that fits your corporate culture and timeline for returning to full-scale operations by examining issues including:

• Tiered Staffing
• General Health Checks and Guidance for Sick Employees
• Office Cleanliness
• Use of Shared Lab Equipment
• Working Alone
• Enhanced Cleaning Procedures
• Glove, […]

Safety Partners’ COVID-19 Update

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact all of us in profound ways. Most importantly, employee safety continues to be at the forefront of our efforts which extends to Safety Partners employees, families, clients and friends.

Safety Partners continues to monitor the current reports and guidance from the CDC, WHO, Governor Baker and public health officials to make the best decisions we can based on all this information. We are implementing recommendations and providing additional guidance to our employees with the goal of protecting the health and safety of all individuals and promoting business continuity.

Safety Partners provides essential services to lab-based companies.

Safety Partners is providing EHS support to our clients.
We are working together with all clients to make sure we are adhering to their institution’s current guidance and Governor Baker’s order, so we can remain consistent while continuing to provide services remotely and on-site only when it is absolutely necessary to maintain safe operations.

Safety Partners can provide EHS support to […]

March 24th, 2020|Categories: News|

Cambridge Biosafety Permitting Has Gone Online!

The Cambridge Public Health Department has unveiled their new permitting platform for new Cambridge Biosafety permits and renewals. The transition to the online system requires that each currently permitted company enter all the required information in a new record for that company on the Cambridge Public Health Department’s online ViewPoint platform, under Laboratory Biosafety.

For companies that already have a Cambridge Biosafety Permit, information should be entered for an “existing permit”.  The first time permit holders use the system they will be required to enter the same information as for a new permit.  The contact name for the account doesn’t have to be the Biosafety Officer.  During the account set-up process there will be a separate field to enter the BSO’s contact information. Note that the BSO serves the role of point-of-contact for the permit, so consideration should be given as to who should be listed.  Companies must list someone who is on staff, rather than […]

November 13th, 2019|Categories: News|

Meet Our QRT Team!

After six years of sharing safety tips, we are excited to add more Safety Partners experts to our blog team.  Starting next week, our Quality, Research, and Training (QRT) team members will contribute to our weekly posts.

Beth Graham, QRT Associate Director, will be spearheading our weekly blogs!

Beth brings over ten years of EHS expertise at Safety Partners as well as many years in scientific research.

Our QRT team provides outstanding coaching and mentorship to our Consulting Safety Officers; keeps abreast of regulatory changes, and shares best practices across our organization.

We are excited to share their knowledge, and new findings with you!  Stay tuned for our next weekly blog post!

If you have any questions, please email

April 30th, 2019|Categories: News|

Thank You!


Today will be my last post to the Safety Partners blog as I transition into a new phase!  I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read our blog, and I hope that I have been able to share some valuable information to support your EH&S program.  I am sure you can tell from my posts that I am an advocate for collaborative EH&S program implementation with highly organized documentation.  Keep up the great work keeping your organization safe and enjoy our blog going forward!


Thank You!

Sarah Mueller

April 10th, 2019|Categories: News|

Bloodborne Pathogen Training Reminder

OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, applies to all occupational exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious material as defined in the standard.  When implementing a bloodborne pathogen program, the standard needs to be reviewed in detail to ensure full compliance is achieved.  Pay particular attention to the stipulated training requirements.

First and foremost, an exposure determination needs to be conducted to determine the job classifications, and tasks and procedures that fall under the standard.  This exposure determination needs to be documented, even if the evaluation shows that the bloodborne pathogen standard is not applicable to job tasks and procedures at your facility.   Among other requirements, an Exposure Control Plan needs to be written and implemented to eliminate or minimize employee exposure to bloodborne pathogens.  An evaluation of the required PPE, proper work practices, safer sharps options, and waste disposal practices should be conducted.  Be sure to comply with all of the timelines stipulated […]

March 26th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2019!

I hope everyone is enjoying a happy holiday season and best wishes for a wonderful 2019!

If your company is shutting down for any period of time over the holidays, remind employees about your after-hours policy.  If there is no official policy, remind employees to make someone aware of their work plans if they will be going into work while the company is closed.

Even office employees should share their plans so someone knows they are in the building should an emergency situation arise.  Some facilities restrict certain hazardous material work after hours or require that particular extra steps are taken.

Enjoy any time off you have and stay safe this holiday season!

December 19th, 2018|Categories: News|

Safety Partners Names Jennifer Reilly as President and Chief Operating Officer

Safety Partners is proud to announce the appointment of Jennifer Reilly to the additional role of President. Jennifer has been Safety Partners Chief Operating Officer since January 2017. In her role as President and COO, Jennifer will lead the company and continue to oversee daily operations.

Safety Partners, Inc. established the field of hands-on professional EHS services for the life science industry in 1992. Its team of experienced safety officers has provided workplace safety and compliance services to more than 450 laboratory and technology companies in Massachusetts and New York City, and intermittently throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Safety Partners in 2007, Jennifer spent five years at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA, where she served as Senior Laboratory & Safety Manager for the laboratory facility. She developed and maintained its environmental health and safety program as well as managed the animal care facility. Prior to Alnylam, Jennifer held research positions at Biogen, Inc., Curis, […]

March 9th, 2018|Categories: News|

Safety Partners Turns 25!

As Safety Partners enters our 25th year, we are proud, humbled, and thankful.

We are proud.

We are proud of being the first to provide outsourced EHS services to the world’s preeminent life sciences supercluster. We are proud of serving nearly 450 clients since our beginnings in 1992 and still serving half of those clients, right here, right now.

We are proud of our employees and of our 300,000 hours of collective experience. Our clients reap the benefits of that experience in terms of quality, productivity, and compliance.

We are humbled.

We are humbled by our clients who are committed to helping patients by developing better treatments and cures for the toughest diseases on the planet.

We are humbled that our clients entrust us to protect their people, their science, their property, and their investments.

We are thankful.

We are thankful to be part of the Massachusetts life sciences community and to work with dedicated scientists who, along with operations and business people, are solving some of the world’s toughest […]

January 25th, 2017|Categories: News|

Safety Partners Promotes Jennifer Reilly to Chief Operating Officer and Sarah Mueller to Vice President of Quality, Research, and Training

Safety Partners, Inc. is proud to announce the promotions of Jennifer Reilly to Chief Operating Officer and Sarah Mueller to Vice President of Quality, Research, and Training. Safety Partners is the leading environmental, health, and safety consulting firm serving the life sciences industry in greater Boston.

Jennifer will manage the daily operations of the company, including client service, service delivery, recruiting, sales, and Quality, Research and Training. She joined Safety Partners as a Consulting Safety Officer in 2007.

As Vice President of Quality, Research and Training, Sarah Mueller will oversee all aspects of knowledge management and best practices for the Safety Partners’ programs and trainings, which ensure the consistency and quality of services. She joined Safety Partners as a Consulting Safety Officer in 2004.

“Jennifer and Sarah are key leaders in our organization, and I am thrilled about their promotions. They are instrumental in ensuring that we have a team of EHS consultants that possess outstanding, science-based skills and experience in developing and implementing custom […]

January 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |