Set up a compliant laboratory

Researchers must consider important safety elements when setting up a research project with potentially hazardous materials to protect the health and safety of all personnel involved in the project.

EH&S provides researchers with tools and resources for setting up a new laboratory, including:

  • A move-in checklist.

  • Templates for standard operating procedures (SOPs).

  • Plans for reducing the risk of spills, accidents and injuries while storing and handling hazardous chemicals.

Laboratory Safety Surveys

 

Laboratory safety surveys are routinely performed by EH&S safety professionals for all research and teaching laboratories. The purpose of these surveys is to assist researchers, employees and departments in identifying ways to:

  • Reduce the risk of injury and exposure

  • Decrease the risk of property loss

  • Lessen the likelihood of lost research

  • Minimize environmental damage

Pressure Vessels

A pressure vessel is a closed container designed to hold gases or liquids at a pressure substantially higher or lower than the ambient pressure that can be hazardous. EH&S provides resources and information to stay safe while working with pressure vessels.

A pressure vessel is a closed container designed to hold gases or liquids at a pressure substantially higher or lower than the ambient pressure. Examples include glassware, autoclaves, compressed gas cylinders, compressors (including refrigeration), vacuum chambers and custom designed laboratory vessels.  

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The purpose of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) program is to protect researchers, employees, students, and visitors from potential hazards in the work environment. However, eliminating hazards through engineering or administrative controls provides better and more consistent protection than relying on PPE alone. If PPE is necessary, it is best used with engineering and/or administrative controls along with good work practices.