Step by step procedure to follow when an emergency situation requires evacuation of the building. This plan describes evacuation procedures including laboratory shutdown procedure/checklist as well as procedures for re-entry once the building is cleared. Indicate in this page the location of this Plan.
Appendix IX. Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Clearance Form
Acknowledgement The undersigned agree to the following statements: The contents of the Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan have been discussed with the personnel listed below. We certify that they are made aware of ALL hazards present in our laboratory, the controls that need to be implemented and the response procedures should an emergency occur in the laboratory. TitleNameSignature and Date
Principal Investigator: _____________________ __________________
Group Safety Officer: _____________________ __________________
Ihave read and understand the contents of the Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan. I am aware of ALL the hazards present in our laboratory, the controls that need to be implemented (including but not limited to the use of engineering controls, location and use of safety equipment, location and use of safety data sheets and other safety resources, location and use of personal protective equipment and safe work practices) and the response procedures that need to be followed, should an emergency occur in the laboratory. I hereby acknowledge that I will comply with all the requirements, policies and work practices described in the Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan. NamePositionSignature and Date
Hazardous Waste – required prior to commencing work in the laboratory and annually thereafter
Biological Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens - required prior to commencing work in the laboratory and annually thereafter for personnel working in BSL-2 laboratories
Radiation Safety - required prior to commencing work in the laboratory for personnel working with radio-isotopes, lasers and x-rays
Standard Operating Procedure - last section of written SOP serves as SOP training documentation); there is no need to duplicate in this appendix
Chemical Hygiene Plan- Appendix IX (Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan Clearance form serves as the CHP training documentation
Other laboratory-specific trainings not covered in #5 and #6 – include the following information: date of training, topics discussed, name and signature of the person who provided the training and, name and signature of the person who attended the training(see Appendix X-1.
USC’s Chemical Hygiene Plan requires that all lab personnel be trained on the specific hazards that exist in their lab and the procedures, safety equipment, and resources available for working safely with hazardous materials.
Lab-specific training must be: (1) documented and (2) provided to all lab personnel at the time of initial assignment and every time a new hazard is introduced in the lab.
How to Use this Template
Guidance text provided in gray should be modified and adapted to reflect information specific to your laboratory. The template below may be used to develop a lab-specific training curriculum and for documenting the training. After reviewing the training goals in the left-hand column, describe in the right-hand column how your lab fulfills these goals. As topic discussions are completed, trainer must initial corresponding column and include any comments.
How Lab Fulfills Training Goal
Trainer initial once completed and any comments
Ensure completion of all safety training before beginning lab work.
Identify required training for each new lab personnel. At the minimum should include completion of:
Additional safety training may be required depending on hazards handled: particularly hazardous substances and equipment, BSL-2 agents, isotopes, laser, x-rays, etc.
NOTE: For minors who plan to work in the lab for 3 months or less and are under direct supervision of an experienced lab personnel, the General Lab Safety can be waived. The PI or Lab Manager provides lab-specific training including ALL topics listed below.
Know the health and safety responsibilities of the principal investigator, lab safety coordinator, and all group members.
Describe the process for discussing and addressing health and safety concerns in the lab. Include information on expectations for all lab members.
Identify additional key personnel for the building and/or department such as the facilities manager, Safety Chair, EH&S, Human Resources, etc.
Know the content of the Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) and sign the clearance form. Know where to find safety data sheets (SDS), standard operating procedures (SOP), user manuals for equipment, journals, textbooks, etc.
Identify and list how to locate relevant safety resources. Focus on resources specific to the lab such as a lab-specific CHP, SDS binder, SOPs, equipment manuals, etc.
Know the specific hazards that exist in the lab and which hazards are covered by existing SOPs.
In this section provide a basic overview of ALL hazards present in the lab and any controls or alarms that all lab members should be aware of. For example, presence of lasers, biohazards, reproductive hazards, reactives, toxic gas, etc.
Know the Chemical Hygiene Plan SOP requirements and the lab’s process for developing and reviewing new SOPs.
Per USC Lab Safety Policy the following materials should have written SOPs: highly toxic chemicals, carcinogens, reproductive toxins, highly reactive materials and equipment that poses serious physical hazards. In addition, this section should review the process by which these materials and equipment are identified.
Know the lab’s chemical ordering, usage, and disposal procedures.
Include: Where lab chemicals are stored, proper segregation, including flammable cabinet locations, how Inventory 12 is used for listing chemicals, and where hazardous waste is collected, how compatible chemicals are collected in a waste container, proper waste labeling and procedure for requesting waste pick-up.
Know what is required personal protective equipment (PPE) for working in the lab, including where lab-provided PPE is stored such as safety glasses/goggles, cryogenic gloves, etc.
See the USC Personal Protective Equipment policy at http://www.sc.edu/ehs/factsheets.htm. If PPE is not required at all times in the lab then identify the areas, times, and/or situations when eye protection, proper lab attire, etc. are not necessary.
Know the rules for being trained on and authorized to use the lab’s specialized equipment, e.g., centrifuge, rotary evaporator, glove box, etc.
In most cases these equipment should have a separate SOP which can be used in conjunction with any user manuals as a training tool for that piece of equipment. List specific equipment here.
Know the lab’s list of prudent practices or “Do’s and Don’ts”.
For example, what are the lab rules regarding propping open lab doors, food storage, break areas, working after hours, working alone, cleaning up after yourself, etc.
Emergency Equipment & Procedures
Know where to find safety equipment and how to activate and use them.
Includes spill kits, fire extinguishers, emergency alarm boxes, safety eyewash and showers, and first aid kits. List safety equipment relevant to your lab in this box and either describe location or as part of training show new lab personnel the location during lab walkthrough. Describe the procedure for activating and using the equipment.
Know the procedures for chemical, fire, and other emergencies.
What to do if splashed by chemicals?
What to do if chemicals are spilled?
What equipment do I need to quickly turn off before evacuating (heat sources, gases, vacuums, etc.)?
Where is the Emergency Assembly Point (EAP)?
What are at least two evacuation routes out of the building?
Know the incident and injury reporting procedures.