Laboratory Safety Procedures
It is the responsibility of the P.I. to ensure
that all laboratory personnel have had adequate training in the safety
and use of laboratory equipment. It is difficult to define what "adequate
training" constitutes. We recommend that the PI (or his/her designate)
develop procedures for routine tasks and that appropriate personnel be
trained to follow these procedures. We recommend that all new laboratory
personnel be trained in the use of specific equipment.
It should be noted that specific training is
required by OSHA in labs where there are hazardous chemicals or radioisotopes.
Such training is available from the CfA Safety Office and the Harvard
Radiation Safety Office, respectively, and all personnel in labs containing
these substances should be trained through those offices. (Call the CfA
Safety Office for more information, 5-7478)
We recommend that "what if" scenarios be developed
and discussed with laboratory personnel. Think of worst-case accidents
that could happen in your lab and develop procedures for handling these
accidents (e.g. chemical spills, fire, medical emergency, etc.) For help
or questions, call the Safety Office, 5-7478).