Safety is the goal in all University of Michigan (U-M) laboratories and wherever research is performed. This goal can only be met when you (faculty/lab managers/supervisors) plan for it during the experimental design phase and carry it through to completion of the research; when they take time to:
- Evaluate and understand the hazards and risks of the operations and equipment involved in the research.
- Understand the safety requirements associated with activities being performed.
- Ensure that all aspects of having a safe operation, including appropriate training, personal protective equipment, engineering controls, approvals, and standard operating procedures are in place from the start of the activities.
Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) is your partner when planning safe research. At this web site you will find:
- Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP).
- Standard operating procedures (SOPs) for many of the commonly used chemicals and equipment necessary for research. NOTE: We at EHS understand the nature of research is exploration of new materials and novel methods, and you may need to develop SOPs that are not yet available on the website. As a partner we would like to expand our SOP library and if you have one that is not on the website, we are happy to post it for others to use.
- Guidelines for laboratory operations, activities, processes, and equipment used in research.
EHS is always available to consult with and assist you in the process of starting a new laboratory or relocating to a new laboratory space. For more information, contact your EHS representative or call (734) 647-1143.
The Standard Practice Guide (601.09) states: “It is the University’s policy to defend and indemnify employees who become parties to legal proceedings by virtue of their good faith efforts to perform their responsibilities of employment.” As a lab director, actions and activities occurring in space under your control are your responsibility, and as such maintaining a safe operation is important to make sure everyone that comes to work for you is able to go home at the end of the day as healthy as when they arrived.
The following U-M policies relate to laboratory safety:
The following documents may be required for your research operation, depending on what type of research you are performing, the potential hazards you and your staff will be exposed to, and the engineering controls you are implementing. Some of these documents are in a downloadable “Word” format so that you can print them for your operation as is, or download and modify them to meet your unique needs. When you click the link it will automatically go to the download file.
- Chemical Hygiene Plan
- Biosafety Manual: required for rDNA and BSL2 research
- Exposure Control Plan – Bloodborne Pathogens: required for research with hU-Man blood, cells, and tissues)
- Standard Operating Procedures
- Laboratory Commissioning
- Laser Safety
- Minors in Research Laboratories
- Visitors and Volunteers in Research Laboratories
- Online videos
- A Day in the Lab (UC San Diego)
- A Day of a Chemist (EPFL)
- Cell Phone Use in the Research Lab (Cornell)
- Evacuation (University of Michigan, Electrical and Computer Engineering)
- Filling and Maintenance of Liquid Nitrogen Tanks (Northwestern University)
- Fire Safety in the Lab (UCLA)
- Food in the Lab (University of Michigan, Electrical and Computer Engineering)
- Hazard vs Risk – Same Difference? (Risk Bites)
- Laboratory Glassware Safety (Corning)
- Laboratory Safety Guidelines (UTSA)
- Lessons Learned: PPE/Laboratory Coats (Northwestern University)
- The Sloppy Lab (University of Michigan, Electrical and Computer Engineering)
- EHS Media Library
Click Electrical Hazards: Avoid the Risk (DVD0043). My LINC and the name of the DVD will display. Click Register. You will receive a confirmation email stating your request was received. EHS will contact you for your campus address and send the DVD by campus mail.