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Common Lab Safety Resources

Lab Safety Training

Generally speaking laboratory researchers require safety training relevant to the risks they face. Training can come in several forms:

  • General Lab Safety (EHS offers a course usually monthly or on request for large or small groups). Individuals may also access a form of this training in Canvas. The goal of this training is to include and introduction to safety concepts, identification of a wide range of potential hazards, hazard controls, and mitigation of consequences of accidents or emergencies. Laboratory oriented Hazard Communication is included here.
  • Special Topics: Can be done by PIs; please ensure these are documented. EHS offers some special topics in a classroom setting or in Canvas. We periodically add new special topics to Canvas. (Examples include, Compressed Gases, or Hydrofluoric Acid).
  • Lab Specific Training: To be conducted by PIs. New researchers should be introduced to the lab space, conditions, relevant hazards, laboratory policies and procedures, as well as any pertinent documentation or plans, such as the Chemical Hygiene Plan.

See the section related to training in the Laboratory Health and Safety Policy here.

Door Placards

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Lab Safety Manual

EHS has developed a Lab Safety Manual which contains a Lab-Specific Chemical Hygiene Plan Template. The Lab Safety Manual is a tool which you can use to prepare a lab specific Chemical Hygiene Plan for your lab. The most important place to begin implementing the Lab Specific Chemical Hygiene Plan is in completing hazard assessments and inserting your current lab specific SOPs. The Chemical Hygiene Plan should be reviewed and, if necessary, updated annually. The Lab Safety Manual can be found here: Lab Safety Manual

PPE information

Personal Protective Equipment training certifications should also be completed for each person working in your labs.  The completed certification forms can be filed under tab #10 in the Chemical Hygiene Plan.  A Hazard Assessment and Controls Form can be found here: Lab Hazard Assessment Form

This document can be used to determine what PPE is required, and it documents that determination. It is recommended that the hazard assessment be completed by the PI for hazards in the lab to determine PPE requirements for all activities. Then each person should complete the PPE Training Certification Form found here: PPE Training Certification Form

Specific PPE Information

Respiratory Protection

Hearing Protection

PPE Program (from the Safety Manual)

Other Training Documentation

Other training conducted by yourself, other lab personnel, or online should also be documented. We have created forms which you can use for this purpose and they can be found here:

These can also be used to document any training that is taken with EHS if no other documentation is provided. All training documentation should be kept in the Lab Safety Manual in your lab.

Eyewash Inspection Documents

The Eyewash Weekly Inspection Checklist can be found here: Eyewash Test Log

We recommend all eyewashes be flushed on a weekly basis to keep the water in the eyewashes clean and ready for use and to ensure proper function. Improperly functioning eyewashes should be reported immediately to Zone Maintenance as instructed on the form.

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