Below are links to quickly access some basic campus and BCOE safety resources. Training your laboratory personnel is especially important to ensure the safety of everyone in the lab, to protect the high quality of research, and to safeguard university resources. At a minimum, all laboratory personnel must complete Laboratory Safety Orientation. If you have additional questions regarding training, please contact your Department Laboratory Safety Officer or the BCOE Safety & Facilities Officer at (951) 827-1241.
BCOE Laboratory Safety Officers (LSO) and Department Safety Coordinators (DSC) - Primarily, LSOs and DSCs offer help determining what safety rules apply to you or how to comply with safety requirements. They meet monthly to share best practices and tools for understanding and achieving a safe workplace. In addition, LSOs and DSCs are tasked with sharing meeting information within their departments to facilitate broad participation in safety programs and to help ensure compliance with UC and UCR safety policies.
Why do we do Lab Audits?
Lab audits are required by law - but this isn't the only reason that lab audits are useful. As we learned from the 2008 researcher death at UCLA, the person in charge of the lab - YOU - are ultimately responsible for everything that happens in your lab. The lab audit, along with an up-to-date Safety Manual (see below) are excellent tools for ensuring your lab provides a safe working environment, that your personnel have the training and tools necessary to work safely, and that necessary documents are maintained.
The Safety Manual
BCOE designed a red Safety Manual to help Faculty maintain required safety documentation in your research space. Because the red binder has a consistent look, if you are visited by an inspector, s/he will know to look here for your safety documentation. If you don't already have a red binder contact your LSO (see above) or the BCOE Safety & Facilities Coordinator (2-1241). Your Safety Manual includes tabs for:
Lab Safety Manual Overview (this comes in the manual)
Injury Illness Prevention Plan(this comes in the manual)
Department Chemical Hygiene Plan (this comes in the manual)
Standard Operating Procedures (provided by you since this is unique to your research)
Training Records for you and your team (provided by you)
Hazard Assessments (provided by you using the Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool above)
Resources to assist you with safety including tabs for:
If you still have questions or haven't found the tool or person you need, please feel free to contact the BCOE Safety & Facilities Coordinator at (951) 827-1241