Laboratory Safety Plans are a key element of the Chemical Hygiene Plan. The purpose of the Laboratory Safety Plan (LSP) is to provide you with safety information specific to the laboratory in which you work. Annual communication of LSP contents to laboratory personnel by the Principal Investigator provides the minimum specific training required by the Laboratory Standard.

This chapter describes the required information to include in an LSP. The Laboratory Safety Plan web application allows a Principal Investigator to submit his or her LSP online, directly into the EHS database, rather than printing out a copy and mailing it to EHS.

Instructions for Preparing a Laboratory Safety Plan

Each Principal Investigator is required to prepare a Laboratory Safety Plan to supplement the Laboratory Safety Manual. Complete a separate LSP for each building in which you have laboratory space. Laboratory space is considered any location in which you use or store hazardous materials or equipment. This could include common areas that you might share with other research groups. Pages 2-4 through 2-8 cover the items that are to be included in the Laboratory Safety Plan.

Instructions for Updating a Laboratory Safety Plan

Each Principal Investigator is required to update the Laboratory Safety Plan at least annually or more often if changes occur. Changes include but are not limited to addition/deletion of personnel, rooms, and research processes.

Accessing the Online Laboratory Safety Plan

To create, view, or update an LSP, login to the online Laboratory Safety Plan with your Onyen and password. Select the Principal Investigator from the drop-down list by scrolling or typing the PI’s last name. Once the PI has been selected, you will see the Plans “in process…”, “pending approval…”, and “Approved”, and a link to “Create a New Plan”.

The link to “Create a New Plan” is selected by new Principal Investigators and any PI that has previously submitted a paper copy of a Laboratory Safety Plan.

Step 1: Building Selection

A dropdown menu of all University buildings is provided. Remember, each building in which a PI has lab space will have its own Laboratory Safety Plan.

Step 2: Room Selection

A dropdown menu of rooms in that building is provided. Select rooms from this list or type in the space provided. Once all rooms are added, continue to Step 3.

Step 3: Hazard Selection

In the table, identify under the room number which schedules or type of operation occur in that room.

  • Schedule B: Hazardous Chemicals and Equipment
  • Schedule C: Radioactive Materials
  • Schedule D: X-Ray Equipment
  • Schedule E: Laser Equipment
  • Schedule F: Biological Hazards
  • Schedule G: Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules
  • Schedule H: Transgenic Animals or Plants
  • Schedule I: Shipping