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Laboratory Safety and Chemical Hygiene

The term laboratory safety is rather broad, encompassing all aspects of compliance ranging from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) worker safety standards to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulations for management of hazardous chemicals and waste, as well as mandates by grant-issuing institutions. Proper laboratory safety procedures reduce the risk of illnesses and injuries and allow for continued compliance with regulatory agencies.

Policies and Procedures:

Forms and Fact Sheets:

Labels and Signage:

EHS provides all signage and labels for doors and work spaces mandated by local, state, and federal agencies. Contact EHS for more information. 

Fume Hoods and Biosafety Cabinets:

Fume hoods and biosafety cabinets are inspected and certified by EHS annually. Contact EHS for inspection, installation, removal, and maintenance inquiries.

Safety Equipment:

Fire Extinguishers, Eyewash and Safety Showers, Chemical Spill Kits

Fire extinguishers are inspected on a monthly basis by EHS. Eyewash and safety showers are inspected annually by EHS, however, it is recommended by the manufacturer to test eyewash stations weekly. It is the responsibility of the principal investigator or supervisor to comply with this recommendation. Spill kits are required for spaces that contain any amount of hazardous chemicals.Please contact EHS for a chemical spill kit. 

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