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Lab Safety Supervisors play an important role in keeping the laboratories on campus running smoothly and safely. The resources found below are provided in order to help lab safety supervisors create a cooperative safety culture inside of their laboratories.

Lab Safety Supervisor Training

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Prepare a Laboratory Safety Plan (LSP) as described in Chapter 2, to complement the Laboratory Safety Manual (LSM). These documents constitute your Chemical Hygiene Plan as required by OSHA.
  2. Ensure that laboratory personnel meet the training requirements of the Laboratory Standard, including chemical hazard information, safety rules and good work practices.
  3. Ensure that staff and visitors observe safety rules and don proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when working in or visiting the laboratory.
  4. Ensure that proper safety supplies and equipment, such as gloves, safety glasses and/or goggles, lab coats, and respirators* are available for all people in the laboratory. *Note: if respirators are required, the PI is also responsible for the cost of medical and/or pulmonary function tests that may be required for respirator use.
  5. Obtain safety data sheets (formerly known as material safety data sheets) for hazardous chemicals used in the laboratory and make these available to the laboratory staff.
  6. Post appropriate hazard information signs within the laboratory.
  7. Provide information to EHS in a timely manner so that it may post appropriate signage at laboratory entrances.
  8. Conduct an “exit interview” with laboratory workers prior to their departure to ensure that they have properly labeled and prepared hazardous materials for disposal by EHS or use by other workers.
  9. Notify EHS prior to vacating laboratory space when moving on campus and notify department chair and EHS of planned departure from UNC or discontinuance of the use of hazardous materials. Decontaminate laboratory surfaces and prepare hazardous materials for disposal by EHS or use by other laboratories. Refer to EHS guidelines on vacating laboratory space.
  10. Provide initial training to laboratory personnel, upon employment, on the contents of the Chemical Hygiene Plan. Employees document this training through the online Lab Safety Plan application.
  11. Provide annual training to all laboratory employees on the contents of the Chemical Hygiene Plan. Employees document this training through the online Lab Safety Plan application.

How-To Modules (Coming Soon)

Lab Safety Tutorials

  • EHS Website Review

Lab Safety Plan Tutorials

  • Updating the Lab Safety Plan
  • Changing the Lab Safety Supervisor
  • Checking Training Compliance
  • Adding Worker to the Lab Safety Plan
  • Removing Worker from the Lab Safety Plan