Environmental Health & Safety

A Department in Facilities


Laboratory Safety

The goal of the Laboratory Safety Program is to anticipate, evaluate, and control personnel exposures to chemical, biological, and the many other hazards present in laboratories. Identifying and communicating the hazards present in each lab are essential to keeping our lab members safe. Each Principal Investigator or Lab Supervisor maintains a Laboratory Safety Plan to serve as a communication tool and lab safety resource.

Laboratory Safety Plan

A Laboratory Safety Plan (LSP) is a written plan that sets forth procedures, equipment, personal protective equipment and work practices capable of protecting employees from health hazards presented by the chemicals used in the laboratory. The LSP is designed to provide the Principal Investigator the ability to develop such a written plan specific to his or her laboratory. The LSP must be completed by new principal Investigators and updated on an annual basis or whenever significant changes occur in the laboratory. The Laboratory Safety Plan provides the following:

  • ❖ Identifies the hazards associated with a particular laboratory space
  • ❖ Describes specific procedures and precautions in place to account for the hazards identified
  • ❖ Identifies emergency procedures and contacts
  • ❖ Identifies personnel who are approved to work in the laboratory


All students, faculty, and staff with potential exposure to hazardous materials in a laboratory setting must complete training upon initial assignment to a lab and annually thereafter, by:

  • ❖ Attending department lab safety training seminar; or
  • ❖ Completing the online General Lab Safety training module; or
  • ❖ Completing PI/Lab Manager led training, utilizing the General Lab Safety section of the Lab-Specific training form.

All lab personnel must be trained upon initial assignment and annually thereafter, on lab-specific topics which cannot be addressed in a general training, by:

  • ❖ PI or Lab Manager led training, utilizing the Lab-Specific training form

Lab workers that generate, collect, or otherwise work with hazardous waste or unwanted materials, must complete training when they begin work in the lab and every 2 years thereafter, by:

  • ❖ Attending department safety training seminar; or
  • ❖ Completing the online Lab Waste Management training module.

Recommended for work with BSL-1 and required for BSL-2 materials. Initial and annual training requirements can be fulfilled by:

  • ❖ Attending department biosafety safety training seminar; or
  • ❖ Completing the online Biosafety training module on the EH&S website; or
  • ❖ Completing PI/Lab Manager led training, utilizing the Lab-Specific Biosafety training form.

Additional training is also required for work with:

  • ❖ Radioactive materials or radiation generating equipment
  • ❖ Class 3B or 4 Laser systems