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Environment, Health and Safety

Laboratory Safety

Principal Investigators (PI's) have responsibility for the health and safety of the individuals they supervise, for safe management of the laboratories or facilities they operate and for the impacts of their activities on the environment and the health & safety of the public.

PI Responsibilities Include:

  1. Request a Laboratory Door Sign for each or you labs and keep them current.
  2. Complete the Principal Investigator General Responsibilities Related to EH&S Checklist (pdf) and consult/update on a periodic basis to ensure that a strong safety culture in the lab is maintained over time.
  3. When developing new or modifying existing experimental protocols, use the resources here.
  4. Develop Standard Operating Procedures for the lab.
  5. Informing new employees about safety and health procedures, rules and regulations specific to their areas and their responsibilities.
  6. Assuring that required equipment and personal protective devices are provided, maintained and used.
  7. Taking prompt action when unsafe acts or conditions are reported or observed.
  8. Insuring that individuals receive safety training as required by their responsibilities.
  9. Promptly investigating and reporting all on-the-job accidents, and/or work related health problems and requesting medical treatment if required.
  10. Coordinating or conducting internal inspections, reviews or audits to assure safe and healthful conditions and compliance with applicable safety and environmental regulations.
  11. Providing or acquiring necessary resources for necessary health and safety equipment, materials and facilities.

Related Sections

Laboratory Safety Manual

EH&S provides each Principal Investigator with a "Laboratory Safety Manual" which contains a copy of the Chemical Hygiene Plan, the Hazardous Waste Guidebook and can also be used to store chemical inventory information, training records, EH&S blank forms and related correspondence.  EH&S will be distributing the Laboratory Safety Manual to PI's beginning in January, 2014.

Digital copies of the Chemical Hygiene Plan and Hazardous Chemical Waste Guidebook can be downloaded below.

Guidance Documents

Laboratory Waste