Laboratory Safety Manual

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Welcome to the UW Laboratory Safety Manual. Please bookmark this site electronically or print a copy of the manual from this site and make it available to laboratory staff. Staff in UW laboratories using hazardous chemicals must have access to a copy of the manual and the supplemental laboratory specific information.

The manual will be updated annually in September. Refer to the log of changes to review recent changes.

Tabs and a cover page can be ordered through UW Copy Centers for approximately $8 using the online form. If you have any questions about the manual or its contents, please contact the UW Chemical Hygiene Officer in the EH&S Department at 206.543.7388 or

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Complete Lab Safety Manual (4 MB) (November 2014)
Quick Start Guide
Table of Contents
Section 1Chemical Hygiene Plan Responsibilities
Section 2Chemical Management
Section 3Chemical Waste Management
Section 4Laboratory Equipment and Facilities
Section 5Employee Health and PPE
Section 6Standard Operating Procedures
Section 7Safety Training
Section 8Record Keeping
Section 9Emergency Preparedness and Response
Section 10Moving In/Moving Out
Appendix AWAC 296-828 Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
Appendix BGlossary
Appendix CTemplates for Lab Specific Information (see also Templates and Examples below)
Appendix DExample Standard Operating Procedures (see Example SOPs Page below)
Appendix EChecklists
Appendix FResources for Laboratory Personnel
Appendix GGloves
Appendix HParticularly Hazardous Substances

Templates and Examples:

My Laboratory Specific Information (doc)
(new-draft) Laboratory Safety Training Matrix (pdf)
Example SOPs Page (html)