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New Researcher Guide

The following are components of a forthcoming New Researcher Guide. That guide will be an interdisciplinary approach to several areas that affect laboratory researchers to be published by the Office of Research. The essential elements that EHS oversees are as follows. Please note that the LS-001 Document is under heavy revision and its new version is anticipated by the beginning of the Fall Semester 2018.

General Laboratory Health and Safety

Contact: Environmental Health & Safety: Laboratory Safety at 865-974-5084


Additional Information


Become familiar with general policies, procedures and guides associated with laboratory safety. See the Laboratory Safety Sections and the Safety Manual for details.

Laboratory Safety Policy

Become familiar with the campus Laboratory Safety Policy.

Become familiar with Potential Hazards

Discuss potential hazards to be created or encountered by the work or the work environment. The Lab Safety Policy and the Lab Commissioning Procedure that follows will specifically indicate additional hazards and hazard classes in greater detail. Some have specific programs, plans, and procedures that may be found through EHS resources.


Please consider and indicate the following general areas:

  • See Lab Safety Policy above and Commissioning Procedure below.
Hazardous substances:

(poisons, explosives, oxidizers, flammables, highly reactive substances, carcinogens, corrosives, irritants, and compressed gases, etc.)

Physical Hazards:

(Shop environments and tools, heavy equipment, mechanical, ergonomic/materials handling, electrical, pressurized systems, temperature extremes, noise in excess of 85dBA, non-ionizing radiation, adverse working environments)

Perform Lab Commissioning Procedure

Using the Lab Commissioning Form in Appendix C, complete the checklist and follow any indicated guidance.

This will include aspects such as:

Door placards, hazards assessments, chemical inventory, chemical hygiene plans, etc.


Become familiar with training requirements as outlined in the UTK Laboratory Safety Policy (LS-001).

Ensure that General Lab Safety Training is completed

Ensure Lab specific Training is completed.

Consult EHS as necessary.


Environmental Compliance

(Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials Shipping)

Contact: Environmental Health & Safety: Environmental Compliance at 865-974-5084


Additional Information

Hazardous Waste Management

If using chemicals and generating or handling hazardous chemical waste:

  • Review the related policies
  • Complete the annual training requirement (RCRA)


Hazardous Materials Movement or Shipping

If intending to ship by ground or air:

  • Consult EHS
  • Complete an Intent to Ship Chemicals Form

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