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How to Get Help

Emergencies

Fire, police, or medical help dial 9-1-1 on any campus phone or cell phone

Be prepared to give:

  • Your location on Michigan Tech's Campus in Houghton, i.e. Building xxxx, Room xxxx
  • The nature of your emergency i.e. fire, medical, chemical spill, police emergency, etc.

Facility Emergencies

University facility emergencies dial 7-0001 (campus phone) or 906-487-0001 (cell phone)

Be prepared to give:

  • The nature of your emergency i.e. power outage, plumbing leak, room/building temperature failure, elevator stuck, etc.

Non-emergencies

To request non-emergency laboratory facility repairs or modifications use the Facilities Management Maintenance Direct portal.

To contact Public Safety and Police Services for non-emergencies i.e. after hour building access, locked out of an office room call 7-2216 (campus phone) or 906-487-2216 (cell phone).

If you have questions about safety in your laboratory contact:

Laboratory Safety Equipment Requirements

Eyewashes and Safety Shower

Fire Extinguishers

First Aid Kits

  • All employees must have access to a first aid kit; post location if not in the laboratory
  • For all medical needs beyond simple first aid, call 9-1-1. Campus First Responders will be notified.

Fume Hood Testing

  • All fume hoods are tested annually
  • For questions about testing, use, or other fume hood activities, contact Research Integrity.

Spill Kits

  • All laboratories using hazardous materials require a spill clean up materials as specified in the laboratory Spill Response Plan
  • For questions about spill response contact Research Integrity.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • All researches must be supplied, free of charge, all laboratory PPE identified by your hazard assessment.
  • It is preferred that all non-disposable PPE be assigned to each individual; all shared PPE that comes in contact with skin must be sanitized between users.

Training and Setup Requirements and Operations for all Laboratories

Use the Hazard Identification Checklist and the Technical Guide: Hazard Analysis - Using the Hazard Identification Checklist to identify hazards in your laboratory. Completing the checklist will identify: 

Laboratories Conducting Research with Biological Materials

Requirements for Working with Biological Materials

Any work with organisms or materials requiring BSL-2 containment must be reviewed by the University’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).

The IBC review requires submission of the following: 

All laboratories working at either BSL-1 or BSL-2 must establish laboratory-specific policies for safety, data management, and housekeeping. See these examples: safety, data management/ housekeeping.

For additional information contact the Biosafety Officer at David Dixon, dcdixon@mtu.edu or 906-487-2131.

Laboratories Conducting Research Using Chemicals or Other Hazardous Materials

Prior to using chemicals or other hazardous materials the laboratory PI must:

Purchasing Laboratory Chemicals

Disposing of Chemical Wastes

Laboratories Conducting Research Using or Servicing Electrical Equipment

Only authorized and trained personnel may work on both energized AND de-energized high voltage (>50V) circuits or equipment  All work must follow the University’s Electrical Safety Work Practices and Hazardous Energy Control Program.

All electrical circuits must match the equipment/instrument manufacturer’s electrical requirements. If there are questions about these requirements, or if the circuitry needs modifications, contact Facilities Management through Maintenance Direct for assistance.

Other common laboratory electrical rules:

  • Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are required  if an electrical outlet is within 6 feet of a water source, in wet environments, and outdoor circuits.
  • Extension Cords are only allowed for temporary (8 hours or less) portable equipment. Extension cords can not be used as a substitution for permanent circuits.
  • Nothing may obstruct electrical panels (circuit breaker panels).  A minimum of 3 feet of clearance is required for access to the panel.
  • Equipment covers and instrument panels must remain in place when equipment is energized.
  • Lockout procedure must be used when panels are removed or internal parts are exposed.