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Health & Safety: Laboratory Training Requirements

The Department of Pathobiology has designated staff responsible for the training and maintenance of support labs containing common use equipment and highly specialized instruments. Mandatory training sessions insure consistent and proper use of these facilities.

  • Pathobiology training for common use labs
  • Pathobiology Central Research Lab

In addition, supervisors are responsible for providing specific training and documentation related to the laboratory techniques and instruments used for their research purposes.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Material Safety Data Sheets must be in hard copy, and alphabetically filed in a binder. The binder must be easily accessible, preferably located near room exits, so that it can be located in an emergency by persons not familiar with the laboratory.

MSDS are also required for items in storage areas and for all hazardous materials including compressed and liquefied gases.

Safety Signs

Rooms or experiments with special hazards or requirements, e.g. intermediate level radioisotope rooms, rooms containing laser equipment, dark rooms, glass vacuum racks, must have appropriate signs on the entrance doors.

Conversely, inappropriate signs are to be removed (e.g. “radioactive” label tape used for packaging tape).

Unattended experiments must be identified with the name of the experimenter, telephone number, and any special hazards that may be present (e.g. high voltage, hot surfaces, experiment under vacuum, toxic materials, pyrophoric situations).


What else can you do for safety?

  • Dress Appropriately - Wear shoes that enclose your feet completely - they should be leather or a similar material that will not allow chemical spills or hot water to penetrate easily. Wear a laboratory coat. Use appropriate gloves and other personal protective devices such as goggles, hearing protection as needed.
  • Know and obey the basic laboratory rules
  • Obtain proper knowledge about equipment use
  • Know what you're working with
  • Let others know too - Label things clearly, whether it's reagents, incubated or stored materials, cultures or materials on benches. Use clear and informative "Experiment in progress" signs if you are running something overnight or unattended during the day.
  • Ask questions, keep learning