Hazard Identification

Each research group must prepare a summary of the types of hazardous materials stored in the laboratory, to provide information to laboratory and emergency response personnel. Indicate the total quantity of each hazard/compatibility class (Chapter 4: Proper Storage of Chemicals in Laboratories).

An online Chemical Inventory System (CIS) is part of the online Laboratory Safety Plan. This system includes several of the most common chemicals used in the laboratory in a drop-down menu format. Instructions for completing the CIS are included in Appendix 2-A. Please consult the SDS or contact EHS if you have any questions about proper classification of chemicals before the online CIS is completed.

Laboratory Safety Rules and Procedures

The UNC Laboratory Safety Manual provides basic safety protocols. Each Principal Investigator must supplement the LSM with safe handling procedures, research protocols, and other safety procedures that are specific to his or her research group. Items you are to address include:

  • Detailed procedures for handling toxic chemicals and “select carcinogens” (Chapter 7) that are used in the laboratory, including designation of the work area and entry restrictions
  • Identification of materials and procedures that are to be restricted to laboratory hoods and biological safety cabinets
  • Designation of areas where eating or drinking is allowed, if any (also indicate areas on the floor plan)

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Describe the processes that generate hazardous waste in your lab, the waste streams generated and estimate the amount of hazardous waste that will be generated on a weekly or monthly basis. Prepare procedures to ensure proper segregation, containment and storage of wastes. Give special attention to avoid mixing of incompatible wastes, and to ensure proper segregation to minimize disposal costs. Refer to Chapter 12: Management of Laboratory Wastes for detailed information on waste disposal.

Emergency Procedures

General emergency procedures are contained in Chapter 1 of this manual. Prepare specific procedures for each laboratory in the event of an emergency arising outside of the laboratory as well as those that might arise within the laboratory. These procedures should include:

  • Actions to prevent damage to equipment
  • Actions to prevent loss of experiments in progress
  • Actions to secure hazardous material in use at the time an emergency is sounded
  • Chemical spill response procedures

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Identify the personal protective equipment required for laboratory procedures. Consult Chapter 5 of this manual for additional information and complete Table 4 in the LSP form using the following procedure:

  • Conduct a walk-through survey of laboratory to identify hazards for which eye, face, and hand PPE are required.
  • Identify specific work areas, materials or chemicals in the space provided under “Laboratory Operation”.
  • In the space under “Hazard” describe the potential hazards for which PPE is required.
  • Under “PPE Required” describe the specific PPE to be worn when performing that work activity.