Laboratory Safety Evaluation Program 

Laboratory safety evaluations provide an opportunity for departments, faculty, staff and students to reemphasize safety by focusing on safety topics specific to each research laboratory.  Evaluations are conducted annually by EH&S personnel designated by each department whom have research laboratory experience.  Laboratory safety evaluation are conducted to assess the lab's conformance to UCR's Chemical Hygiene Plan, federal and state regulations, standards and codes.  Evaluations are vital to identifying and addressing potential hazards and unsafe conditions in the laboratory. 

The benefits of evaluations include:

  • improved health, safety and environmental awareness in all laboratories,
  • principal investigators take on greater ownership of safety in their laboratory and
  • increase involvement with ensuring the health and safety of the laboratory group. 

The Laboratory Safety Evaluation Program fits into EH&S department's ongoing effort to improve the safety culture of our campus community.

For more information about Laboratory Safety Evaluation Program, contact ehslaboratory@ucr.edu or call (951) 827-5528.

Steps to an Effective Laboratory Safety Evaluation

 

1. Perform a workplace hazard assessment using the Laboratory Hazard Assessment (Assessment)

2. Update chemical inventory for each assigned location using the Chemical Inventory System (Chemicals)

3. Update Emergency placard using the eContact system

4. Advertise safety in the laboratory by posting hazard warning signs

5. Update Laboratory Safety Manual (LSM)

6. Provide access to Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

7. Dispose of hazardous waste properly by accessing the Waste Accumulation Storage Tracking (WASTe) system

8. Conduct a laboratory safety self-audit using the Safety Inspection Tool (SIT)

Download the Laboratory Specific Training Checklist 


Guide for creating Laboratory Specific Training

Course Description
Information and Training, Chemical Safety, Injury & Illness Prevention, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Emergencies and Fires, Laboratory Safety Manual, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Equipment in the laboratory.

Instructor
Supervisor / Principal Investigator (PI)

Step 1: Complete the Information, Course Outline and Training  for each laboratory location

Step 2: Provide Training on the topics according to the Course Outline for each laboratory personnel member
Use the Course Outline guide

Step 3: Document Training on the Training Record and submit according to instructions on the Training Roster

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