Principal investigators (PIs), lab managers and others assigned
supervisory responsibilities are considered Lab Supervisors. Lab Supervisors
bear responsibility for the Environmental and Safety programs in their
labs and for ensuring that all individuals working in their laboratory
have the materials and training needed to work safely.
All lab supervisors are required to receive Lab Supervisor
Training - a one-on-one briefing provided by EHS. Contact Steve Elwood at 609-258-6271 to schedule a briefing.
The following materials may be helpful:
- Training for Laboratory Workers - it is
the Lab Supervisor's responsibility to ensure that all lab workers have
received appropriate training.
- Lab Specific Safety Training - consider documenting in-lab training provided to lab workers by senior lab staff or PI using the Lab Specific Safety Training template.
- Review your department's Chemical Hygiene Plan
and know who the Chemical Hygiene Officer is for your department.
- Review the Laboratory Safety Manual and use it as a guide for planning safety and environmental issues into your lab's procedures.
- Provide the appropriate types and sizes of personal protective equipment and engineering controls to control the hazards in the laboratory. There are no central funds for laboratory safety materials. EHS can provide guidance for inclusion of these items in grant proposals, etc.
- Consider scheduling regular self-inspections of laboratory safety
in your lab. See Inspections for checklists
and additional information. EHS conducts at least one announced inspection annually, alongside you and/or a laboratory representative, and will follow up on open issues with you.
- If a regulatory agency or enforcement agency representative comes to your laboratory, contact EHS immediately. Be aware of the Princeton University policy on fines from regulatory violations.
- Ensure your laboratory collects, stores and disposes of waste
materials in accordance with University procedures.
- Promote pollution prevention, waste minimization
and energy conservation in your lab. Tell EHS about your successes.
- Contact EHS if you need assistance shipping
- Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to work (paid or unpaid)
in the lab. If you are considering hosting a high school student (ages
16 or 17), follow the procedures for High
School Students in the Lab.
- Ensure everyone in the lab follows the Laboratory
- If you are considering a procedure that involves unusual or
high hazards, such as high voltage, high pressure, etc., contact
EHS for consultation. As needed, EHS will organize a review team to
assist with planning for safety.
- Consider appointing a Lab Manager
to assist with supervisory issues, coordinate waste disposal, oversee
training, etc. Contact Steve Elwood at 258-6271 to request Lab Supervisor Training for this individual
- Know the emergency number - 911 from campus phones, 609-258-3333 from cell phones.
- Emergency Procedures - Lab Emergency
Procedures Guides should be posted in each laboratory. Contact Kyle Angjelo for a copy.
- Be sure to have calcium gluconate gel on hand
if hydrofluoric acid is used and polyethylene glycol if phenol is used
in the lab. Calcium gluconate gel and polyethylene glycol kits may be purchased from EHS. Contact Kyle Angjelo for more information.
- Communications - Ensure all students and staff have updated their contact information in SCORE or HR Self-Service so that they are registered in the Princeton Telephone and E-Mail Notification System (PTENS). Maintain a list of extended contact information for all in your lab.
- Emergency Information Posters -
must be completed and affixed to the entrance to each lab.
- Spill Kits - be sure to have
spill control materials available for the chemicals used in the lab,
including special materials for mercury or hydrofluoric acid. EHS provides spill kits that are located throughout the science and engineering buildings. Familiarize yourself with the location and contents.
- Fire Extinguishers - contact Bob
Gregory at 609-258-6805 to request a new or replacement extinguisher.
Be sure that you have the appropriate
extinguisher for the materials in your lab (e.g., CO2 extinguishers
in laser labs, Class D extinguishers for water-reactive metals, etc.).
- Injuries - Any student or employee who is injured or becomes ill as a result of work in the laboratory must contact University Health Services either for exam, treatment or, at the very least, to report the incident. For those receiving a paycheck, it is crucial to contact Employee Health within 48 hours in order to be eligible for Workers' Compensation.
- Incidents/Accidents - Report all incidents, regardless of injury or property damage, to EHS at 8-5294 or email@example.com. Maintain a culture where all laboratory workers are comfortable reporting incidents.
Materials and Infrastructure
- Check whether your lab will use Particularly Hazardous
Substances. If so, ensure that all laboratory workers expected to
use these materials understand the hazards by having them complete an
- If your lab is planning on using biological materials or toxins on
the Centers for Disease Control Select
Agent List, contact EHS immediately.
- Submit an inventory of Department of Homeland Security chemicals of interest annually (you will receive an e-mail) and notify EHS any time you are purchasing hazardous gases or materials on the Chemical Weapons Convention list.
- If you are planning to use radioactive
materials, contact Sue Dupre, Radiation Safety Officer, for authorization.
- If planning to use biological materials, including
live viruses, contact Jackie Wagner to begin the approval process.
- If planning to use materials regulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency, contact Jackie Wagner.
- Consider the need for uninterruptible power supply
(UPS) systems. If systems other than the small units used for computer
backup are needed, contact Facilities-Engineering (258-5475) for assistance
in selecting and maintaining the system.
- For labs in E-Quad, any changes to building infrastructure or utilities
must be approved by completing and submitting the Facilities