Laboratory Safety Guidebook

In order to keep the campus community safe and in compliance with applicable regulations and policies, each lab on campus should have a laboratory safety binder for the lab users that is unique to that lab. As part of the 2011 Lab Review process, RMS will be providing each lab with a customizable Laboratory Safety Guidebook. Once complete the Guidebook will contain University level information related to health, safety and the environment as well as customized laboratory specific information for methods, policies and procedures. Because every laboratory is unique, the specific information in this book will be different from the one next door. These templates are designed to allow lab users to create laboratory rules and procedures that are consistent with applicable legislation and University Policy, but are customized to each lab. The template format was chosen to limit the amount of work needed by each PI to complete a Guidebook. In the beginning only a few templates will be made available. You will be notified by e-mail when new templates become available.

Guidebook Templates

Table of Contents

I. Laboratory Registration

      1. Laboratory Registration Process
      2. Essential Registration Information

II. Emergency Response

      1. General Emergency Response Plan
      2. Chemical Spill Procedures

 III. Policies and Procedures

      1. General Lab Safety
      2. Lab Orientation
      3. Personal Protective Equipment
      4. Working Alone
      5. Unattended Operations
      6. Waste Management
      7. Waste Packaging
      8. Illness Procedures
      9. Equipment Repair
      10. WHMIS Training
      11. Fumehood Use
      12. Chemical Inventory
      13. Transport and Transfer of Chemicals
      14. Transportation of Dangerous Goods
      15. Annual Chemical Weapons Declaration
      16. Occupational Health Program
      17. Guidelines for Safe Packaging of Hazardous Waste Materials
      18. Quonset Area Access Procedures


B1.  Donning and Doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

IV. Resources

          1. WHMIS Classifications and WHMIS Symbols
          2. RMS Programs
          3. Lab Ergonomics
          4. Hazardous Waste Flow Chart
          5. Chemical Storage and Chemical Storage and Labelling
          6. Writing SOPs
          7. Chemical Safety Manual
          8. Handling Cryogenic Materials (including dry ice and liquid nitrogen)
          9. LASER Instrument Registration Form

V. Training Records

        1. Lab User Training Record
        2. Quiz for Assessing Training of “Handling Cryogenic Materials”

A1. RadioIsotope Lab Training Record

VI. Reviews and Certifications

        1. Preparation for Lab Review
        2. Self Review
        3. Records of Inspection, Reviews and Certifications