Laboratory Safety: General Safety Guidelines
Faculty, staff and student must abide by the of the following general lab safety guidelines when working in any ET lab:
- Closed-toe shoes must be worn in all laboratories. Sandals or open-toed shoes may not be worn and long hair must be tied-back. Employees and students should wear clothing that minimizes exposed skin surfaces.
- Personal, students and visitors must wear eye protection/hard hats/gloves as required within the lab.
- Students working in laboratories must be under the supervision of a faculty or appropriate staff member and only UHD employees, students and approved visitors are allowed in UHD laboratories.
- The safety guidelines must always be applied to any experiments being performed.
- There should be training on the location and the appropriate use of fire extinguishers, fire exits, evacuation routes and fire alarm pull stations by the Health and Safety Manager.
- There should be training on the types of personal protective equipment (PPE) available and how to use it appropriately by the Health and Safety Manager.
- Equipment must be in good working order before conducting any experiment.
- Equipment can only be used if the experimenter has appropriate training and may only be used as directed.
- Experiments that can be left safely unattended for any length of time must be properly identified with a posted sign that notifies the reader of the contact person, cell phone number, and any hazards or considerations of the experiment.
- Hazardous materials will be used with caution and only with proof of proper training.
- If an injury occurs in the lab that requires medical attention, call 911 or x8911 immediately. For all incidents please consult the Laboratory Emergency Notification List for specific notification requirements.
- All injuries or near misses must be reported to the ET office (N-738) immediately. A report of Safety/Health Hazard and Near Miss form will be completed. Students and visitors will also complete a Student/Visitor Accident Report.
Last updated or reviewed on 7/14/14